Loss Of Innocence Essay

1162 words - 5 pages

Both “ Young Goodman Brown” and “ The Most Dangerous Game” have themes of a loss of innocence, yet each store employs a different way of getting there. The exact meaning of this loss of innocence also differs in each story. In “ Young Goodman Brown”, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, shows us a man that loses his innocent view of the world. By the end he is a man with now hope and no faith. In “ The Most Dangerous Game”, written by Richard Connell, we watch as a man falls from a powerful hunter into a savage murderer.
Hawthorne tells us the story of Brown, a young man that is married to his wife of three months. (Hawthorn, pg 91). The name of his bride is faith, a name that should not be ignored. He leaves her to go to the towns communion. Along the way his faith and trust is shattered as he meets the devil himself along with other folks from his town. The climax of the tale reveals to the reader that this is not the holy communion we are all familiar with. This is an unholy witch/wizard communion where the inductees themselves are forced to drink blood.
Connel brings us the story of a man trapped in a sick game of cat and mouse. The protagonist is a world renowned hunter that goes by the name of Rainsford. He is made to be the hunt of an eccentric, maybe even insane hunter on his private island. The only way off the island is to survive the hunt, and become that which Rainsford hates.
Each of these tales tells the same theme, but goes about in different ways getting us to the loss. When we observe Goodman, we observe a young, newly married man. The language the story uses in the beginning gives us the feeling of youth and innocence. His wife is described as she “thrust her pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbon of her cap” (Hawthorne, 90-91.) That sentence gives the feeling of something innocent. It is not a woman that would wear pink ribbons in her hair. Instead the picture of a younger girl comes to mind.
Brown himself is innocent as he does not know what exactly is happening at the beginning of this story. He does not want to leave his wife. “What a wretch am I, to leave her on such an errand!” (Hawthorne pg 91) He is angry with himself, he doesn't know that something sinister is happening within the town. This will be this characters downfall. He has trust for the people in the town that he grew up in.
Moving over to “The Most Dangerous Game”, we see a different kind of Innocence. An Innocence of beliefs and character. It is never said that Rainsford is young. We know from the story that he is old enough to be well traveled and been on many hunts against man types of different prey. He treats “ The Hunt” as a game, but has respect for it. He enjoys making them “understand one thing- fear. The fear of pain and the fear of death.” (Connel, pg1). It is a sport against animals, he would never heart an animal.
This belief is challenge when he is introduced to General Zarroff. A man that tells him “ I wanted...

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