Professor Michael Marotto
ENGL-Seminar in Writing Through Literature
24 September 2017
Nathaniel Hawthrone’s Young Goodman Brown vs Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street"
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown and Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener: The Story of Wall Street tackles the distinctive aspects concerning the struggles of humankind. I have noticed that both of these writers succeed to take this in different ways. Hawthorne recognizes the evilness through an internal psychological battle of the featured character Young Goodman which represents humanity as a whole. Instead, Melville uses an external psychological battle between his main characters, an unnamed lawyer and Bartleby to teach his readers about the rawness of hopelessness by his utilization of the setting on Wall Street.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” narrates through a third person omniscient narration. Throughout the text, Hawthorne discusses the featured character, Young Goodman Brown's internal psychological struggles. This tale takes place during the 17th century in a community of Christians in the Salem Village. By the end of this text, Brown recognizes that his community including his wife has well versed themselves with the Devil and his evilness. He always perceived that his wife and loved ones to be innocent and he realizes that they are not. For the rest of his life, Brown lives with the uncertainty of having evil in it. His skepticism lives on for the rest of his existence. This symbolically represents that all of humankind has some evilness in their lives no matter how good a person character could be portrayed to believe. Young Goodman Brown's realization represents that evilness and Bartleb...