Hawthorns Pride of Intellect
Many of Hawthorne’s characters wrap themselves in a pride of intellect. The characters
of intellect. Their pride causes them similar problems and they end up living similar lives, although
they came from different backgrounds.
revelation, and he feels that he truly understands human nature and sin. However, he believes that
separation between Hooper and society. After Hooper dawns the veil he can no longer function or
isolation leaves him the man most isolated in what Hawthorne describes as that saddest of all
his fiance leaves him and he can no longer relate to his congregation the same way. “As a result of
even feared by his congregation”(Minister’s Black Veil, 228). Goodman Brown suffers the same
fate because he also has a feeling of superiority over the rest of the village. He attains this feeling
community because he was a strong Puritan and felt as though he could not associate devil
worshipers. “Brown, despairing and embittered, belongs neither to the Devil’s party nor to the only
Hooper and Goodman Brown’s pride of intellect cause them to loose a loved one and their
sees how Hooper is separating himself and it scares her away from their purposed marriage.
“Hooper’s fiancee, seems at first unawed by the veil. To her it is merely a cloth that hides the face
Minister’s Black Veil,228). As a result of Hooper pride, he looses his loving and kind nature.
existence. His own kind and loving nature is lost for all”(The Minister’s Black Veil,228).
Goodman Brown also looses someone very close to him. He separates himself from his wife
Faith. This is a result of Goodman Brown’s pride. He felt so strongly that he was the only
innocent person that he could not trust anybody else including Faith, his apparently religiously
devote wife. When Goodman Brown saw Faith in the forest (Hawthorne, 178) she became just
like the other townsman. “He now knows that Faith’s voice has been mingled with the other
familiar tones, heard daily at Salem village”(Levy,118). Goodman Brown’s loving nature is also
lost due to his pride. He becomes separates himself so much that he can no longer hold a loving
relationship with Faith like he did early in the story(Hawthorne,165).
Hooper from “The Minister’s Black Veil” and Goodman Brown from “Young Goodman
Brown” both suffer similar fates from their pride of intellect. It caused them to be drastically
separated from society, and to loose loved ones and their loving nature. Their pride of intellect
changed their whole lives. It can be seen as a cloak that the characters try to wrap themselves in to
aware of the penalties of their intellectual pride.