Why is "Young Goodman Brown" an allegory?
“Young Goodman Brown” is an allegory of man’s journey through life. As the title character walks through the woods, he begins relatively innocuously but not a clean slate.
From the very beginning, Goodman makes a choice. Instead of staying with his wife, he chooses his journey. He is steadfast, but he does feel guilty for leaving her alone when she begs him to stay. This represents the ties that bind us in our quest for independence. Sometimes we break free of them anyway. Hawthorne would seem to indicate that this is not the best choice, given what happens to Brown. His purpose is described as “evil.”
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