Young Goodman Brown Summary
This short story by Hawthorne features Goodman (which is an old-fashioned way of claiming mister) Brown who lives together with his wife of three months, Faith in Salem village during the time of the Puritans. He tells her that he must continue a journey, and he heads into the woods. Once there, he meets a person who tries to influence Goodman Brown to travel with him, but Brown is reluctant. the person says that he knew Brown’s father and grandfather and helped them in wicked ways. It soon becomes clear that the person Brown is lecture is that the devil. Goodman wants to remain faithful his faith, pertaining to both his religious beliefs and his wife, which the devil finds amusing. He tells Brown that a lot of “good” people have come to his side.
Then they notice a lady nearby, and therefore the devil goes to talk to her. Brown recognizes her as Goody Cloyse, an older woman who taught him religious education. he’s surprised that this woman appears to be friends with the devil and seems to be implying that she may be a witch. As Brown continues to protest going alongside the devil, the devil encourages him to take a seat and rest awhile. Brown sits and hides himself amongst the foliage. Then two men come by on horseback. One was a deacon of the church, and that they were discussing a gathering that might happen that evening at which a girl would be taken into their group. Despite seeing religious men from town seemingly on the devil’s side, Brown vows to not be taken in.
Brown then wandered toward noises he heard deeper within the woods. He heard a woman’s screams, saw his wife, and located her pink hair ribbon fall onto a branch ahead of him. He declared that he had lost his faith, pertaining to both his wife and his convictions, so he decides to cross over to the devil’s side in any case. He raced toward blazing trees where many villagers alongside Indians et al. congregated during a kind of powwow. Goodman Brown came forward when called by the devil and saw Faith standing before the altar also. They checked out each other because the devil was asking them to hitch his brood, and at the last moment, Goodman Brown searched and told Faith to resist the devil’s invitation. He didn’t know what she did, but he found himself back reception subsequent morning.
As he walked through town, he shrank far away from the people he saw. When Faith ran up joyfully to kiss him, he checked out her sadly and walked away without saying anything. He wondered if that which he had witnessed within the forest had all been a dream. Whether a dream or not, that night changed Goodman Brown into a depressed, distrustful man who lived out the remainder of his life jaded by what he saw whether real or imagined.
The story raises several questions, like what did Brown actually see within the forest? Was it real? Did he dream it? Did the devil make him hallucinate it? Clearly, the solution is predicated partly on admitting that this story may be a fantasy since he spoke to the devil. It also seems to mention that each one people have evil inside them, the question is whether or not they provide in thereto or not. Brown didn’t seem to offer into the temptation, but did Faith? Or was he just assuming she did or projecting his feelings onto her? it is a very ambiguous ending.
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