Allusion in Young Goodman Brown
Biblical Allusions: “Young Goodman Brown” contains a number of allusions, mostly to the Bible. Because the focus of the story is on the 17th-century community of Puritan colonists in Salem, and because Puritanism is a sect of Christianity, the story is rich with images and symbols from the Christian Bible. The character of the devil himself is a biblical figure, and his serpentine staff is an allusion to the snake in the Garden of Eden. There are also references to the many customs and traditions of Christianity, from the swearing of a covenant and the taking of communion to the observation of the Sabbath and the concept of Faith.
Allusion Examples in Young Goodman Brown:
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"it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent..." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)
"But the only thing about him that could be fixed upon as remarkable was his staff..." See in text (Young Goodman Brown)