Young Goodman Brown Vs. a Tell-Tale Heart

Published: 2021-06-29 07:07:41
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The two characters I picked to compare for this project is Young Goodman Brown from the story Young Goodman Brown written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the narrator in the story The Tell-Tale Heart written by Edgar Allan Poe. I chose these two stories because they were the ones that really captured my attention when I first read them. Young Goodman Brown and the Narrator have many similarities within their characteristics, which shows that the American Gothic tradition has many similarities throughout its stories including darkness within its characters.
Young Goodman Brown heads into the dark forest at night. Here he struggles with his faith, and his ability to resist evil. I feel like YGB had a battle within him to determine good from evil, which made him quick to judge anything and everything that came his way. I think that he honestly went crazy from being in the forest. One of his friends, Goody Cloyse met up with YGB in the forest, which made him quick to judge her as to why she was out so late at night. He also discovered that she could also be a witch, and wondered how someone like that could think that they could go to Heaven. I feel like YGB becomes a very sad, judgmental, and distrustful person due to his encounter in the forest. However, Young Goodman Brown wakes in the forest to realize that the witch meeting he encountered was only a dream, but this does not stop him from being naïve. Even though he realizes it was just a dream, he is still the same judgmental and distrustful person that he was while he was in the forest. He also begins to not trust his own wife, which isn't fair to her because she did nothing to him. Altogether I just think that YGB was a naïve young man entering the forest, and became even more naïve, judgmental, and distrustful after he left the forest.

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