Young Goodman Brown and freud

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YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN After reading the Young Goodman Brown Novel in class, my professor asks to write an essay explaining how the novel is related to Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic theory. I read Freud’s Second Lecture, although it was a phenomenal story but it also make you understand the different personality’s structure that Goodman Brown had in the story such as the id, ego, and the super ego. In my essay, I am going to the psychological changes in Goodman Brown character. Nathaniel Hawthorne was a descendent of Puritan immigrants who dedicated his life to writing this novel. In the short story, Hawthorne tries to explain Young Goodman Brown excessive pride. This excessive pride interferes with the relationship of his wife Faith and the community, which ultimately causes his downfall. Goodman Brown sets up his journey that his wife asks him to “pr’y thee, put off your journey until sunrise, and sleep in his own bed to-night.” However, Goodman Brown tells Faith “of all nights in the year, this one night must tarry away from thee”. Goodman Brown excessive pride is the reason why I believe th Continue...


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I think Hawthorne had much more in mind than a mere outline of good and evil. His encounter with the devil he saw how the world really turned, which severely destroyed his life. This journey led him directly to the Devil who was the first person Goodman Brown met, which psychologically is the id because it's his instincts and the devil is a psychic energy. According to Freud, the ego abides by the reality principle. Young Goodman Brown "'Lo! There ye stand, my children,' said the figure, in a deep and solemn tone, almost sad, with its despairing awfulness, as if his once angelis nature could yet mourn for our miserable race. Goodman Brown beliefs in God have something to do with him having a good life and hopefully going to haven. In Freud' view the id always seeks pleasure and avoid pain. Welcome, again, my children, to the communion of your race!'" This quote from novel is of important in analyzing the attitudes and ideas present throughout the story, though in a curious way. Goodman Brown let his wife down because of his journey. at he was a man of strong beliefs and had a very straight way of life. Goodman Brown's lost of faith is what we often refer to as our conscious mind. The first sign of excessive pride is when Goodman Brown leaves his loving wife and goes on the journey that he does not know what to expect when he told her he would "cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven. The quote and the story itself seem to portray a character's loss of faith and the spiritual tragedy contained therein. Now ye are undeceived! Evil is the nature of mankind. The ego helps us test reality, to see how far we can go without getting into trouble.