Additionally, Brown believed he had a strong Puritan faith.
However, the journey we were taken on, through the dark gloomy woods of Salem, in time, showed the reader that Brown was not as strong in his faith as he thought himself to be.
Even if this was all a dream that Young Goodman Brown had, it might be more helpful for this essay to assume not.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #2: The Meaning and Importance of Names in “Young Goodman Brown"One of the major themes in “Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is duplicity and the way that nothing is as it seems.
This is especially interesting considering what the old man tells Young Goodman Brown of his father and his lineage.
Equally worthy of note (and along similar lines) is the name “Goody" for the old woman or “Faith" for his wife.
Assuming that Young Goodman Brown was not simply dreaming, the names are all ironic because they reflect characteristics that are not present.
Thesis Statement / Essay Topic #3: “Young Goodman Brown" and Complimentary Themes Found in Other Works By Nathaniel Hawthorne One of the best ways to consider many of the themes in “Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, is to look it in the context of his other works.
Not only is almost everyone Goodman Brown meets very duplicitous, but even objects take on a dual nature.
For instance, the staff that the man Goodman Brown meets carries (a man who, oddly enough, is a dual Goodman Brown in appearance—he just happens to be older) is both a staff and a snake that twists and seems to “wriggle itself like a living serpent." For this essay on “Young Goodman Brown" look at the role duplicity plays and consider the ways in which these dual characteristics of people and objects serves as an extended set of metaphors.