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Friday, September 29, 2006

The Devil in the Forest

How do you think Nathaniel Hawthorne would define "evil" based on "Young Goodman Brown"? Do you think Miller would agree with his definition?

4 Comments:

Blogger Aubry P. said...

I would define evil as someone that is involved with the devil. They worship him and sin for fun. I think Miller would agree with this because he somewhat makes fun of the people that accuse everyone of being evil. He shows them as a little overboard and so I think that he does not think people that just sin are evil, its people involved with the devil.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Amy O. said...

Based on "Young Goodman Brown", I believe Nathaniel Hawthorne would define evil as a part of human nature - an underlying desire to sin is rooted deep in each person's soul. The life of Goodman Brown illustrated how staying upright and blameless is a continual upwards struggle, of which the majority fail to overcome. I think that Miller would agree with this definition, based on the portrayal of the children's mischief and mercilessness in accusing other townspeople in The Crucible. People generally view children as innocent and pure, but Miller shows them as uncaring and deceptive to their community. The destructive nature of evil in everyone is illustrated very well in Young Goodman Brown as well as The Crucible.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Andie R said...

Nathaniel Hawthorne would define "evil" as something that everyone is united against and that is the widely recognized cause of actions that are socially unacceptable and cruel. Evil is necessary to the world, and can be found in the most unexpected places; for example, when Goodman Brown sees all the people who are deeply involved in church in the Devil's court.

Miller would probably agree somewhat, but would also add that evil is furthering yourself by stepping on someone else. If someone hurts anyone else for personal gain through deception or for enjoyment, then that person can be evil if they are conciously doing it and continuing to do it repeatedly.

12:50 PM  
Blogger HUH? said...

I certainly agree with Amy that Nathaniel Hawthorne depicts evil as Human Nature. The setting in the forest backs this information. An evil man emerges from the forest path who seems to be a religious man like Goodman Brown. The whole story is played in the forest and depicts evil images and sounds in the woods. Nathaniel Hawthrone does a well job discribing what evil really can be.

12:59 PM  

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