The Devil from “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne

Character Analysis of: The Devil In some cases there is a sensation that reeks of “no”, since what is about to be done is immoral, however there is an even bigger, subduing feeling that says “yes”. This, in the minds of numerous can be interpreted as the devil working his way into our in our every day lives. In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”, the devil does simply that.

The devil is not, in truth, the primary character but has the most influence on Goodman Brown. The devil has worked his method into much of the puritan’s lives, leaving them with ghastly tricks to bear.

However, the devil worked his way into Goodman Brown’s soul, which leaves him spiritually dead before he really dies. The devil is a part of males daily life whether it resembles or not. In “Young Goodman Brown”, Hawthorne makes this clear by using different characteristics, actions, meanings, and the relationship that the Puritans have with the devil. The devil is an extremely sly but wise character; he will try to find ways to make a male sin without, man, always learning about it. The devil has several personalities, but to Goodman Brown he appears like a typical guy from the village.

This is an example of a sensible decision, due to the fact that looking like a “typical” man from Salem makes him seem more trustworthy and more appealing to Goodman Brown. The devil makes numerous wise choices that put himself ahead of guy. The most essential and just goal that the devil has is to get Goodman Brown up until now lost into sin, “the forest”, that he can no longer find his escape, or “his faith”. The devil is attempting to get Goodman Brown away from the holy Puritan way of life, tempting him to leave the safety of his home and head to the unpredictability of the forest.

In the mid 1800’s the Puritans thought of the forest as being the “devil’s domain”, or the “devils reproducing ground.” They associated the forest with Native Americans, which because time the Puritans thought that if you didn’t think in “the God”, then you were of the devil. The devil is regularly referred to, in the text, as “his fellow-traveler”, this could be symbolic for the truth that they both are taking a trip to the same location, or that they have sin in their lives and were headed in the exact same instructions.

The devil is never ever far from his personnel, nor is he without understanding its place. His personnel symbolizes the snake from the Garden of Eden, and the sin in life. He can get where he requires to be extremely quickly, this and the truth that Goody Cloyse’s broomstick flies leads me to believe that witchcraft and the supernatural play a big part in the lives of these characters. Throughout the story the devil does not change his view on life, the way he acts, or the way he deals with others. These qualities make him a flat character.

Hawthorne tips that the devil might be Goodman Browns daddy; this produces a link in between these two main characters. This might indicate that the devil and Goodman Brown really belong or that the devil is actually Goodman Brown’s internal opposing force, almost as if he had multiple personalities. The devil informs Goodman Brown that he has, “… been also familiarized with your household similar to ever a one amongst the Puritans …” this suggests that everybody in the Puritan world has actually met with the devil himself.

This may likewise imply that all of the Puritans have a secret sin that they have to bear for the rest of their lives. The devil discovered his way into Goodman Brown’s soul and vanquished faith. The rest of Goodman Browns life was coped with agonizing discomfort, not physical discomfort however psychological pain. He was able to see what everybody was hiding behind their own individual mask. Goodman Brown lived the rest of his life not with the devil on his ideal shoulder but with the devil as this conscious.