“Young Goodman Brown”
Throughout the story “Young Goodman Brown” allegory and symbolism are used a lot and are an importance to the story. Allegory is the expression by means of symbolic fictional figures and actions of truths or generalizations about human existence; also : an instance (as in a story or painting) of such expression or a symbolic representation. Symbolism would be the art or practice of using symbols especially by investing things with a symbolic meaning or by expressing the invisible or intangible by means of visible or sensuous representations: as a : artistic imitation or invention that is a method of revealing or suggesting immaterial, ideal, or otherwise intangible truth or states, the use of conventional or traditional signs in the representation of divine beings and spirits and or a system of symbols or representations. (Websters Online Dictionary)
Brown centers himself around the allegory or a man against his past and his desires. He takes a journey to leave everything to take a chance with the devil. “Young Goodman Brown” opens with Young Goodman Brown about to adventure on an evening’s journey. His wife, Faith, fearful, insists on him to delay his journey. Goodman Brown, however, stresses that he has a task and that task must be accomplished before sunrise. “My love and my Faith, of all nights in this year, this one night I must tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest it fourth and back again, must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise. “
Deeper in the forest Goodman Brown spies an old man, who is actually the Devil in disguise, waiting for him. Goodman Brown blames Faith for making him late. “Faith kept me back a while.” The older man, who has some resemblance to Goodman Brown, carries a staff which resembles a black snake. When the older man insists Goodman Brown to take the staff to ease his walk, Goodman Brown expresses second thoughts and his intention to go home. The older...