When Brown reached the meeting point with the older man, the man says, “’you are late, Goodman Brown’” (626), and Brown replies with, “’Faith kept me back a while’” (626).
When Brown reached the meeting point with the older man, the man says, “’you are late, Goodman Brown’” (626), and Brown replies with, “’Faith kept me back a while’” (626).When Goodman Brown says this, he not only means that his wife made him late by talking to him, but his spiritual Faith made him hesitant to finish his journey to the ceremony.
Goodman Brown’s wife, Faith, has pink ribbons in her hair.
This means that the faith of her husband and herself, are corrupt and cannot be changed.
Archetypal characters are used in this story to deepen the meaning and engage the audience to dig deep into the characters and understand what they truly are.
Throughout “Young Goodman Brown,” there are several cases where garden imagery is shown.
Brown learns that, “’Evil is the nature of mankind’” (636), as Hawthorne writes, and that boon that he gains will remain with him forever.
When Brown gains this knowledge, it not only means that evil is in his nature, but it is in every man’s nature and the only way to keep evil from empowering anyone’s mind, is with strong Faith.If a person is classified as a goodman, he cannot be spiritually dead.The color pink in this story symbolically represents the corruption of the flesh.” The color brown in this story symbolically represents the spiritual death of Goodman Brown.In the title, the word young symbolically means the person is of innocence.Due to the darkness and blackness of the night, Goodman Brown is tricked to believe that the staff “must have been an ocular deception, assisted by the uncertain light” as Hawthorne states.The color black in this story is used to show the evil nature of all humans, and the darkness behind everyone’s soul.The audience can infer that Faith did not look up to heaven when Goodman Brown told her to, because if she had done so, the corruption of her faith would have been reversed and her ribbons would have been white.The color black symbolically represents evil and death.Archetypal colors are evident throughout the story “Young Goodman Brown.” There are many colors used throughout the story, and some of the important ones are brown, pink, and black. It is obvious that it is important, hence the title, “Young Goodman Brown.