young goodman brown
Treachery of thy Forest Mary Rowlandson (1636-1711) a puritan women, held as a prisoner by the Native Americans and forced to travel, “some 150 miles, from Lancaster to Menamaset then north to Northfield and across the Connecticut river.”(10) was not a writer however had her book, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson published. The book was released for the, “public at the earnest desire of some friends, and for the benefit of the afflicted”(5-6) and Young Goodman Brown, a fictional character created by Nathaniel Hawthorne, was written because a few male puritans wanted to publish a story to open up societies eyes and live in a more patriarchal society. Regardless of being a fictional character or a
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Goodman mentions, “There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree,” in other words, the forest is inhabited by Native Americans, or as Mary puts it, “barbarous creatures.” In essence, they use the forest as the devils lair where Goodman soon discovers Faith, his wife, giving in into the devil. Goodman then goes on to plead to her, “Faith! Faith!...look up to heaven, and resist the wicked one,” however, his attempts are futile essentially loosing his, “Faith,” both metaphorically and literally. On the other hand, after loosing her daughter Sarah, Mary Rowlandson asks god for a sign; “He would consider my low estate, and show me a token for good, and if it were His blessed will, some sign and hope of some relief,” afterward she writes, “the lord answered,” and it contributed to her keeping her faith. Rowlandson holds on to notion that God is giving her the strength to see another day and truly viewing the power of God.
Through the trip Young Goodman Brown and Mary Rowlandson are revealed the truth. Where Mary is an elect; “The sovereignty and goodness of GOD, together with the faithfulness of his promises displayed, being a narrative of the captivity and restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, commended by her, to all that desires to know the Lord's doings to.” Though obstacles arrived and made her question God; “On the tenth of February 1675, came the Indians with great numbers upon Lancaster: their first coming was about sunrising; hearing the noise of some guns, we