Axia at University of Phoenix
LIT 210
Student Axia
“Loss of Hope”

Personal choices can cause one to lose faith.   In “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Salvation” by Langston Hughes, faith is steered by personal choices.
The two stories highlight initial loss of faith through personal choices.
Brown abandons his young “faith” and journeys into the unknown where evil is waiting for him.
Brown is new in his faith, “My love and my Faith, of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee.   My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise.   What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married?” (p 80).   Faith is pictured as Brown’s wife and a good use of symbolism.   Brown is confident that leaving her behind is suitable.   Expound on the personal choice Brown is making.
Brown responds to the initial meeting of evil as if he was surprised but expecting evil to be waiting for him.   Brown states, “Faith kept me back a while” (p 81).   Brown obviously continues to make a choice to proceed while knowing that this cannot possibly be wise.
The height of Brown’s turmoil is when he sees Goody Cloyse, the woman who had taught Brown his catechism.   Brown recognizes that she is dealing with evil and is apprehensive about going further.   “Not another step will I budge on this errand.   What if a wretched old woman do choose to go to the devil when I thought she was going to heaven: is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith and go after her?” (p 84).   Brown clearly has yet another choice to make; continue on the journey or turn back.  
Langston Hughes is a twelve year old boy who is confronted with the decision to “accept” his salvation or lose his Jesus.
Langston is faithful that he will see Jesus and be saved because his Aunt had told him so.   “My aunt told me that when you were saved you saw a light, and something happened to you...

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