Analysis Of The Book ' Young Goodman Brown ' By Nathaniel Hawthorne

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“Young Goodman Brown,” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a detailed short story about a man called goodman Brown who ventures out into the forest to witness a witches meeting. Upon arrival, Goodman realizes that everyone he knows is not who they seem to be. People he trusted to be good and God fearing people, such as the town minister, and his own seemingly innocent wife Faith, turn out to be participating in this ungodly witch meeting. Goodman Brown first fights against evil and insists that he is a man of God and he will not be swayed otherwise, until he sees that his own wife is the newest convert in this forest meeting. Goodman Brown then lives the rest of his life being uneasy and distrustful because of what he believes happened. I think everything goodman Brown witnessed was a dream or nightmare that was so vivid he truly believed it happened in real life, and he let his unease rule his life and change his character until the end of his life.
The first indication I found that goodman Brown many have been dreaming these haunting events was the introduction of the figure of a man that appeared on Brown’s journey to the meeting. “His head being turned back, he passed a crook of the road, and looking forward again, beheld the figure of a man, in grave and decent attire, seated at the foot of an old tree” (Hawthorne 387). The man comments that Goodman is late and then tells of his trip from the clock of the Old South to Boston in only 15 minutes. The footnotes of this piece tell…

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