Analysis Of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown Essay

762 Words Aug 10th, 2015 4 Pages
The short story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is about a man and his faith in himself, his wife, and his society. There are many questions lingering in the mind of a reader after reading the short story Young Goodman Brown. The biggest unknown in the short story is that whether the trip through the Salem woods a dream or a reality. In my opinion the trip is a dream, but the trip symbolizes the confusion inside himself. It also shows a physiological examination of a Puritan man in confusion about his religious identity. There are ample of evidence which support the idea. Brown’s trip down to the forest was a dream. The author itself mentions the whole trip was dream and not an actual event. “Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting?” The author says that it was a normal dream that everyone gets. Some dreams are pleasant and other are horrifying, and this dream is just another horrifying dream. The walk to the forest might be a dream, but it symbolizes a question inside Brown’s mind. Medical News Today indicates that people dream because to represent unconscious desires and wishes, to interpret random signals from the brain and body during sleep, to consolidate and process information gathered during the day, and to work as a form of psychotherapy. Goodman Brown wouldn’t have gotten this dream if he wasn’t thinking about it. It indicates that he was not 100 percent sure of himself. He was unable to find the…

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