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Pink Ribbon, Faith and Forest


            "Young Goodman Brown", by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is a story that has a lot of allegories. "Young Goodman Brown" is a moral story which is told through the corruption of a religious leader. In ¡°Young Goodman Brown¡±, the Author conceals many symbols in the body of this short story and for each symbol, we can apply Freud¡¯s theory on it. In addition, the author describes the psychological moment of Goodman Brown a lot as well as uses ¡°suspense¡± to hold the attention of readers.
             This is the story which has many important symbols. The author endows each symbol with an allegory-meaning. .
             At the beginning of the story, the author set a symbol which goes throughout the entire story---¡°pink ribbon¡±. The pink ribbon appears at every change of young Goodman Brown¡¯s emotion. For instance, ¡°The young man seized it, and beheld a pink ribbon.¡± After this sentence, the author describes young Goodman Brown¡¯s feeling strongly. ¡°Young Goodman Brown cried ¡°My faith is gone.¡±(Faith is another important symbol; I will talk about it later) He yelled ¡°There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name. Come, devil; for to thee is this world given.¡±¡± Right here, we can see that the id won over the superego. And the ego disappeared because the id was no long against the reality and got satisfied. .
             Faith is the other symbol that I want to talk about. The author doesn¡¯t just give the random names to the characters. The names in ¡°Young Goodman Brown¡± all have special meaning. Not only Faith is a woman¡¯s name but it also means young .
             Goodman Brown¡¯s own faith. Here is the example; ``Well, then, to end the matter at once,'' said Goodman Brown, considerably nettled, ``there is my wife, Faith. It would break her dear little heart; and I'd rather break my own.


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