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Young Goodman Brown and freud

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 that he was a man of strong beliefs and had a very straight way of life. 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”. Goodman Brown let his wife down because of his journey. 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. The devil is also unconscious according to Freud’s view because it had no contact with Goodman Brown real life. In Freud’ view the id always seeks pleasure and avoid pain. As the hours of the night pass, Goodman Brown travels farther into the forest, and deeper into the depths of consciousness. His ...

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