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What's the theme of Young Goodman Brown?

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shadirado | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 2, 2011 at 9:09 PM via web

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What's the theme of Young Goodman Brown?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM (Answer #1)

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The main message of the story Young Goodman Brown, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is the fight between good and evil under the scope of detouring from one's faith and succumbing to the evils of life.

Throughout the story, Hawthorne exposes the natural weakness of human nature, and the vulnerability of the human soul to fall into temptation: Nobody, not even the very GOOD-man brown, is excluded from becoming exposed to evil. This is despite of what you deem to be your faith, or in what practices you incur to avoid falling into sin. The story clearly shows that religion, spirituality and a life of righteousness does not preclude complete protection from evil. Evil is everywhere, and anybody could become its victim.

Just like young Goodman Brown left his wife, Faith, and embarked in the dark road through the forest, individuals can deviate and end up in a dark road away from a life of righteousness. 

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted June 6, 2011 at 2:54 PM (Answer #2)

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This question has already been answered on eNotes.  Here is a link for you:  http://www.enotes.com/young-goodman-brown/q-and-a/what-main-theme-story-young-goodman-brown-what-180957

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