Compare & Contrast – ?Worn Path? And ?Young Goodman Brown” Essay, Research Paper

In comparing and contrasting the stories ?Worn Path? and ?Young GoodMann

Brown?. Several things come to mind . We see that both authors use a lot of symbolism

as well as foreshadowing. Also, Both stories take place in the forest or along a path.

In the story ?Worn Path? the author makes use of symbolism in diffident ways.

The most obvious example is that the path, itself , symbolizes the old women. She is desc-

ribed as bent , crooked, old and wore out. This description would also fit the well wore path

that she travels so often.

In the story ?Young GoodMan Brown? the author makes reference to the appearance

of the fellow-traveler and his likeness to Young GoodMann Brown. It is hinted that the fellow-

traveler symbolizes the Devil. We can associate this as the evil that lies within us all.

Both authors use foreshadowing throughout the stories to let us know what is to come.

One example of foreshadowing is When the fellow-traveler in ?Young Goodman Brown? is walking

with a cane that looks like a snake. This hints to the evil that is to follow. A another example

is when the old woman speaks of how hard the path is to travel. This lets us know that she will face

many hardship along the way.

In conclusion, the stories ?Worn Path? and ?Young GoodMan Brown? contain numerous like

similarities and differences. One could interpret these in many different ways. However the stories

seem to share more likenesses than differed .


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