“Young Goodman Brown,” by Hawthorne, and “The Tell Tale Heart,” by Poe, offer readers the chance to embark on figurative and literal journeys, through our minds and our hearts. Hawthorne is interested in developing a sense of guilt in his story, an allegory warning against losing one’s faith. The point of view and the shift in point of view are symbolic of the darkening, increasingly isolated heart of the main character, Goodman Brown, an everyman figure in an everyman tale. Poe, however, is concerned with capturing a sense of dread in his work, taking a look at the motivations behind the perverseness of human nature. Identifying and understanding the point of view is essential, since it affects a reader’s relationship to the protagonist, but also offers perspective in situations where characters are blinded and deceived by their own faults. The main character of Poe’s story embarks on an emotional roller coaster, experiencing everything from terror to triumph. Both authors offer an interpretation of humans as sinful, through the use of foreshadowing, repetition, symbolism and, most importantly, point of view. Hawthorne teaches the reader an explicit moral lesson through the third person omniscient point of view, whereas Poe sidesteps morality in favor of thoroughly developing his characters in the first person point of view. Third person omniscient point of view, dialogue, and imagery are three literary tools used to reveal the intimate thoughts and feelings of the key characters in Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown.” For example, Faith bids her husband farewell “softly and rather sadly” (Hawthorne 133). The tranquility of her adieu may be clear to the casual observer, but the sad undertones would be much harder to detect, so it is important that the narrator has the ability to go into the head and heart of the characters. Further, dialogue presents the thoughts and feelings of the characters, and we can trust its veracity since the words come directly from the speaker. By examining Faith’s dialogue with her husband, we get a sense of the deeper dread and loneliness she feels, since her husband is traveling towards wickedness. Additionally, the imagery foreshadows the isolation of the young protagonist; starting at sundown, he journeys into darkness, but also towards that which is evil. Turning back to kiss his wife, Goodman Brown prioritizes his journey at the expense of his faith, and foreshadows his dismissal of his faith. There are certain symbols that aid in the development of the moral of the story. First, his wife is symbolic of the old order – his good and moral heart. Goodman Brown says, “Faith kept me back awhile,” meaning that he did not give up his religion easily; it took hesitation and doubt until he could bring himself to justify his means: “making more haste on his present evil purpose”. Here, he deceives himself, thinking that he can be like the unrealistic heathens of the world, and then simply revert back to his Faith, and symbolically, to Heaven. Another important symbol is the wilderness, “where no church has ever been gathered, nor solitary Christian prayed”. Goodman Brown’s fellow-traveler alludes to the devilish dangers of the woods when he says, “My father never went into the woods on such an errand, nor his father before him. We have been a race of honest men and good Christians”. By refusing to go further into the woods, and exclaiming that his Christian ancestors would never have done so, the fellow-traveler is clearly implying that the woods are an anti-Christian place that is representative of all things evil in this world. Another symbol used throughout the work to connote the fall into wickedness is the fellow-traveler’s staff. When the fellow-traveler asks Goodman Brown to take hold of his staff for support, Goodman Brown’s slowing pace turns into a dead stop. Later, the two men encounter Goody Cloyse; when the staff is touched to this
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Two Cheers for the Maligned Slacker Dude by Nathan Robin is an essay from the Wall Street Journal on February 19, 2011. Nathan Robin is the head writer for “A.V. Club,” the entertainment section of the Onion (481). In this essay, Robin aims to convince his readers that men in their 20’s can accomplish great things. The idea of being young and creative is what Robin emphasizes in the essay. It is interesting what Robin uses to persuade his readers about the idea of being young and creative…
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The poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and the essay “Our Barbies Ourselves” by Emily Prager, both argue that Barbies carry a deeper meaning. According to Piercy, Barbie dolls are menacing tools that affect the way young girls grow up. Prager claims that Barbies are used as sexual devices since the creator is a man.
Piercy shows us that from a young age girls are given the tools to become what society expects them to be, for example “presented dolls…
explains the tradition and describes the feelings and personal problems associated with fasting for the religious holiday. In the essay A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka, we learn about a man whose job is to starve himself for multiple days as a performance. We as readers, see his perspective on starvation as a profession and why it is a dying entertainment. The poem and the short essay both have similar themes of starvation, hunger, desire, and internal conflict. However, they differ in style of writing and…
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Karl marx was born may 15 1818-14 march 1883) was german soiclaogist economist historian revlunarty jeroulnalist .Considered one of the greateast economists in history.He published many book such as communist manifesto and which is very highly and popular know book.H e was born into a wealthy middle class family.At young age to as he matured he was still in interested in writing and engaged in it.And he began writing and took some intrest in communism.
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of engineered youth. The essay Bald, by Richard Selzer, addresses societies concerns with beauty from a satirical standpoint; deploying literary devices and speaking to both a primary and secondary audience in order to convey the idea that aging needn’t mean the end of power and strength.
One of Selzer’s methods of satire in the essay is hyperbole. The essay, the beginning in particular, is full of exaggerations which assist in bringing the satirical aspect of the essay to life. Selzer says, “A…
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Out of all the War and Peace essays the one that I felt presented the best argument was "A Few Good Kids?" on page 630. This essay presented the issue of military recruiting. For many military recruiter research had to be done before even talking to a prospects. After the 2002 and the No Child Left Behind act this became a different story. A persons information was shared with the recruiters once they become a junior. There is an opportunity for a student to opt-out of this but…
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Symbolism and gender roles shown in book nine of Paradise Lost, the story of Genesis, and the opening title sequence for the show, Desperate Housewives conclude that females possess the negative archetype of being a temptress. A temptress is a usually sexually alluring woman who repeatedly seduces or manipulates others. Eve is shown as a temptress to Adam in Paradise Lost. In the story of Genesis, Eve is also…
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Who is Dorian Gray? He is a very handsome, sensitive and wealthy young gentleman. Because of the Lord Henry Wotton. Dorian becomes more concerned of his beauty and begins to pursue the whole things about him. He hopes…
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In the Hills like White Elephants by Hemingway Review, the couple faces a difficult situation, how do deal with an unplanned pregnancy. To further complicate the issue it’s pretty clear that one partner wants to settle down and have a baby, while the other partner doesn’t.
“You’ve got to realize, he said, that I don’t want you to do it if you don’t want to. I’m perfectly willing to go through with it if it means anything to you”. The American man is pressuring…