Symbolism, something that figuratively represents something else, is prominent in many literary works. One piece of literature that stands out as a perfect example of symbolism is Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown." This story is completely symbolic, and provides a good example of an allegory. Hawthorne uses both objects and people as symbols to better support the allegorical tones throughout "Young Goodman Brown."
Nathaniel Hawthorne uses different people as symbols throughout "Young Goodman Brown." The largest symbols in the story are goodman Brown and his wife Faith. Both of the characters' names are symbolic and represent their personalities. "'With Heaven above and Faith below, I will stand firm against the devil!' cried goodman Brown," is just one of many quotes that directly relates goodman Brown's personality with his name. Goodman Brown is truly a good man. Faith, goodman Brown's wife, also has a name that hints at her nature. This is supported by the phrase "Faith, as the wife was aptly named . . . ". Faith is persistent in trying to keep goodman Brown off the path of sin in the first part of the story: " . . . pr'y thee, put off your journey until sunrise, and sleep in your own bed to-night" . Hawthorne turns the main characters into symbols that are prominent throughout the story.