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Ambiguity in Young Goodman Brown

In Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make

certain parts in the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.

Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning and something that is unclear.

Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the

word "faith," the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest and the fact that the

night's events seem like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word "faith." The word faith

has a double meaning in Young Goodman Brown. It used to as his wife's name and to describe

Young Goodman Brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old man who

is believed to be the devil in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown why he is late

and he responded by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous because it has

two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife, whose name is

Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey. Second, it means that

Young Goodman Brown faith in God kept him from evil and going on his journey with the old

man Emotion: devil.

Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper Young Goodman

Brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also is has

a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the devil. It also

means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith represents his

Brown's religious faith and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper, Young

Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young Goodman

Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having kept covenant by

meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is an example of

ambiguity because we are not are not told the exact reason why he went into the forest. There

are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of why Young

Goodman Brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil for some type

of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members of his family

went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave certain parts of the

story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the fact that the night's events seem like a

dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly

turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only

dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of evil

omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a

desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves the

readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not say if

Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers' confused and uncertain

of what happen.

In conclusion, I believed that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to

think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in the

story.
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Ambiguity in Young Goodman Brown

In Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make
certain parts in the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.
Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning and something that is unclear.
Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the
word "faith," the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest and the fact that the
night's events seem like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word "faith." The word faith
has a double meaning in Young Goodman Brown. It used to as his wife's name and to describe
Young Goodman Brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old man who
is believed to be the devil in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown why he is late
and he responded by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous because it has
two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife, whose name is
Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey. Second, it means that
Young Goodman Brown faith in God kept him from evil and going on his journey with the old
man Emotion: devil.

Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper Young Goodman
Brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also is has
a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the devil. It also
means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith represents his
Brown's religious faith and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper, Young
Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young Goodman
Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having kept covenant by
meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is an example of
ambiguity because we are not are not told the exact reason why he went into the forest. There
are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of why Young
Goodman Brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil for some type
of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members of his family
went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave certain parts of the
story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the fact that the night's events seem like a
dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly
turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only
dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of evil
omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a
desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves the
readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not say if
Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers' confused and uncertain
of what happen.

In conclusion, I believed that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to
think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in the
story.-- How is this different from any other story?!
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Ambiguity in the Young Goodman Brown

In young goodman brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make
certain parts of the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.
Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning and something that is unclear.
Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the
word "faith," the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest and the fact that the
night's events seem like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word "faith." The word faith
has a double meaning in Young Goodman Brown. It used to as his wife's name and to describe
Young Goodman Brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old man who
is believed to be the devil in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown why he is late
and he responded by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous because it has
two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife, whose name is
Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey. Second, it means that
Young Goodman Brown faith in God kept him from evil and going on his journey with the old
man Emotion: devil.

Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper Young Goodman
Brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also is has
a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the devil. It also
means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith represents his
Brown's religious faith and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper, Young
Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young Goodman
Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having kept covenant by
meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is an example of
ambiguity because we are not are not told the exact reason why he went into the forest. There
are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of why Young
Goodman Brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil for some type
of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members of his family
went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave certain parts of the
story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the fact that the night's events seem like a
dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly
turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only
dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of evil
omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a
desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves the
readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not say if
Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers' confused and uncertain
of what happen.

In conclusion, I believed that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to
think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in the
story.-- How is this different from any other story?!
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Ambiguity in the Young Goodman Brown

In young goodman brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make
certain parts of the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.
Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning and something that is unclear.
Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the
word "faith," the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest, and the fact that the
night's events seem like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word "faith." The word faith
has a double meaning in Young Goodman Brown. It used to as his wife's name and to describe
Young Goodman Brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old man who
is believed to be the devil in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown why he is late
and he responded by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous because it has
two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife, whose name is
Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey. Second, it means that
Young Goodman Brown faith in God kept him from evil and going on his journey with the old
man Emotion: devil.

Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper Young Goodman
Brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also is has
a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the devil. It also
means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith represents his
Brown's religious faith and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper, Young
Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young Goodman
Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having kept covenant by
meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is an example of
ambiguity because we are not are not told the exact reason why he went into the forest. There
are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of why Young
Goodman Brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil for some type
of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members of his family
went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave certain parts of the
story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the fact that the night's events seem like a
dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly
turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only
dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of evil
omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a
desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves the
readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not say if
Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers' confused and uncertain
of what happen.

In conclusion, I believed that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to
think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in the
story.-- How is this different from any other story?!
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Ambiguity in Young Goodman Brown

In young goodman brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make

certain parts of the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.

Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning or unclear. Hawthorne's

Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the word faith,

the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest, and that the night's events seem

like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word faith. The word

faith has a double meaning in young goodman brown. It is used to as his wife's name and to

describe young goodman brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old

man, who is believed to be the devil, in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown

why he is late and he responds by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous

because it has two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife,

whose name is Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey.

Second, it means that young goodman brown's faith in God kept him from evil and going on

his journey with the old man Emotion: devil.

Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper, young goodman

brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also

has a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the

devil. It also means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith

represents Brown's faith in God and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper,

Young Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in

God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young

Goodman Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having

kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is

an example of ambiguity because we are not told the exact reason why he went into the

forest. There are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of

why young goodman brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil

for some type of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members

of his family went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave

certain parts of the story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the night's events seem like a

dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly

turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only

dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of

evil omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if

not a desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves

the readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not

say if Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers confused and

uncertain of what happened.

The fourth way Hawthorne uses ambiguity in young goodman brown is the

uncertainty of who the old man young goodman brown meets in the forest. Throughout the

story, Hawthorne gives the readers hints and tips of who the old man is. The first hint he

gives us is comes when he is going meet the old man and he says "What if the devil himself

should be at my very elbow!" The next hint of the old man's identity is the staff. Young

Goodman Brown says "But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable

was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake" Hawthorne still does not tell us

who this old man is but gives us a hint that the old man carries a staff that is similar to a

black snake. Finally, in the encounter with Goodman's teacher, Hawthorne tells us directly

who this old man is, and there is no more ambiguity: The traveller put forth his staff and

touched her withered neck with what seemed the serpent's tail. "The devil!" screamed the

pious old lady. Hawthorne uses the staff to great effect in revealing the devil to the reader,

but that is not the end of Hawthorne's use of the Devil's staff in the story.

In conclusion, I believe that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to

think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in

the story. Young Goodman Brown is different from other stories because usually the authors

tells you what is going on but Hawthorne does not.
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Ambiguity in Young Goodman Brown

In young goodman brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity intentionally to make

certain parts of the story unclear to the readers so that they do not know what is going on.

Ambiguity can be defined as something that has a double meaning or unclear. Hawthorne's

Young Goodman Brown is ambiguous in many ways, including his uses of the word faith,

the uncertainty of why Young Goodman entered the forest, and that the night's events seem

like a dream.

The first way Hawthorne shows ambiguity is the uses of the word faith. The word

faith has a double meaning in young goodman brown. It is used to as his wife's name and to

describe young goodman brown's faith in God. When Young Goodman Brown meets the old

man, who is believed to be the devil, in the forest, the old man asks Young Goodman Brown

why he is late and he responds by saying "Faith kept back awhile." This quote is ambiguous

because it has two meanings. At the beginning of the story, Young Goodman Brown's wife,

whose name is Faith, tries to stop Young Goodman Brown from going on his journey.

Second, it means that young goodman brown's faith in God kept him from evil and going on

his journey with the old man Emotion: devil.
Later in the story, after seeing his wife "Faith" as a devil worshipper, young goodman

brown says "My faith is gone." This quote is another example of ambiguity because it also

has a double meaning. Young Goodman Brown is saying that he has lost his wife to the

devil. It also means that he no longer believes in God. In Young Goodman Brown, Faith

represents Brown's faith in God and when he sees her in the forest as a Satan worshipper,

Young Goodman Brown figures out that he is in danger of losing his wife and his faith in

God.

The second way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the uncertainty of why Young

Goodman Brown goes into the forest. In the story, Young Goodman Brown says "having

kept covenant by meeting thee here, it is my purpose now to return whence I came." This is

an example of ambiguity because we are not told the exact reason why he went into the

forest. There are many questions and different interpretations because of the uncertainty of

why young goodman brown goes into the forest: Does he go into the forest to meet the devil

for some type of satanic ritual or does he go into the forest to finish the journey that members

of his family went on? Hawthorne purposely does this to create the setting and to leave

certain parts of the story a mystery.

The third way Hawthorne uses ambiguity is the night's events seem like a

dream. The story ends with Young Goodman Brown in the woods asleep. The story suddenly

turns into present tense and says "Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only

dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so if you will; but, alas! it was a dream of

evil omen for Young Goodman Brown. A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if

not a desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream." Hawthorne leaves

the readers uncertain if he was dreaming or not." This quote is ambiguous because it does not

say if Young Goodman Brown is dreaming or not. Also, it leaves the readers confused and

uncertain of what happened.

The fourth way Hawthorne uses ambiguity in young goodman brown is the

uncertainty of who the old man young goodman brown meets in the forest. Throughout the

story, Hawthorne gives the readers hints and tips of who the old man is. The first hint he

gives us is comes when he is going meet the old man and he says "What if the devil himself

should be at my very elbow!" The next hint of the old man's identity is the staff. Young

Goodman Brown says "But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable

was his staff, which bore the likeness of a great black snake" Hawthorne still does not tell us

who this old man is but gives us a hint that the old man carries a staff that is similar to a

black snake. Finally, in the encounter with Goodman's teacher, Hawthorne tells us directly

who this old man is, and there is no more ambiguity: The traveller put forth his staff and

touched her withered neck with what seemed the serpent's tail. "The devil!" screamed the

pious old lady. Hawthorne uses the staff to great effect in revealing the devil to the reader,

but that is not the end of Hawthorne's use of the Devil's staff in the story.

In conclusion, I believe that Nathaniel Hawthorne uses ambiguity to allow readers to

think for themselves and to be able to use text from the story to find out what is going on in

the story. Young Goodman Brown is different from other stories because usually the authors

tells you what is going on but Hawthorne does not.

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