Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown
Young Goodman Brown
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Young Goodman Brown is an intriguing short story about a young Puritan man existing in a self-righteous miasma who discovers the true motivations behind the hypocritical facade of the towns people surrounding him.

On All Hallow's Eve, he must leave his wife "Faith" {recognized as symbolic of his own allegorical belief}behind to venture into the vast untamed wilderness {represents the dark subconscious, akin to "The Great Abyss"} amidst wild beasts and savage Indians*. He eventually holds concert with The Devil {perhaps representative of his own guilty conscience within the Judeo-Christian myth's paradigm} in the forest, where The Devil attempts to persuade him to The Sabbath, but Brown is determined to remain in the good graces of his "God", upholding the perceived honor of his ancestors - yet to his horror, discovers and witnesses that the very same men and women he admires most in the past and present for their piety, are themselves in league with Lucifer, and have been for centuries.

For instance, the elderly Goody Cloyse {she who had schooled him in catechism, now considering him a "silly fellow"}, an apparently staunch Puritan matriarch, appears in the forest to inform his "worship" [sic] that her broom has disappeared despite her knowledge of the ingredients to make the broom fly, including "baby fat", as is the classic claim born of hysteric legendry, as invented by various dramatic writers and Christian propagandists of the time. The Infernal Gentleman graciously lends her His own serpentine staff to usher her forth safely into the night to the ceremonial grounds.

Traveling on, Goodman Brown witnesses clergyman Deacon Gookin he admired so well, riding his horse astride with The Prince of Darkness, salaciously laughing it up about the night's initiate, a nubile young lady. To his horror, he later realizes that she who is to be initiated is his precious wife Faith, as is made evident in one maddening sequence, in which he tears violently through the forest lamenting his apparent loss, subsequently finding falling pink ribbons {representing "purity" and innocence"; translate: ignorance}. His visage ironically resembles that of a fearsome beast {see Satanic Statement #7}, more terrible than those who inhabit the woods, as he comes closer to himself as the beast in man.

As if in a dream, he finds his way to The Sabbath, where Satan appears in a plume of sulfurous flame amidst an Altar and arc of rock, calling forth the converts**.

Before him, Brown recognizes prominent persons of all pursuations of good and ill-repute celebrating the diabolic mass together. During His Sinister Sermon, Satan recognizes the true nature of man is that of 'evil', no matter how much one tries to deny it, offering historical proof of such. Brown's delusions are shattered, awakening the next morning, as if his eyes were finally opened to the undefiled truth.

Consequently, Young Goodman Brown refused to acknowledge man's true selfish nature, thus becoming paranoid and fearful, suspicious and muttering.


Whether or not the events occurred is not as important as the consideration of the effect it had on the protagonist, establishing that the antagonist frequently causes a change for the better, as he/she/it forces the pretentious so-called 'righteous' to face themselves in all of their repressive false sanctimony.

* Indians were considered literal 'devils' by early English-American settlers because of their natural and perceived exotic customs.
** Comparable to a butterfly bursting from its cocoon of fleshly ignorance unto the raptures of The Devil's carnal delights.

- Source | Draconis Blackthorne | c. MMIII
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