Dream In Young Goodman Brown

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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 …show more content…
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 true identity of himself. That confusion was the result of his dream. “Sigmund Freud believed dreams are a window into our subconscious. He believed they reveal a person’s: unconscious desires, thoughts, and motivations. Freud thought dreams were a way for people to satisfy urges and desires that were unacceptable to …show more content…
“And Faith, as the wife was aptly named, thrust her own pretty head into the street, letting the wind play with the pink ribbons of her cap while she called to Goodman Brown.” Goodman Brown had to overcome his own faith to enter the dark forest in the first place. “Faith kept me back a while” While walking through the forest Goodman Brown meet a lot of people who are great people. The author also shows that everyone makes sins no matter who they are, so Goodman Brown is not always good as it might seem. Everyone makes mistake, and no one is perfect. For example, Goodman Brown meets Goody Cloyse who taught him bible. Goodman Brown initially taught she is religious and now totally surprised that she is into evil too. Next he finds town minister and Deacon Gookin are also into evil. On his way he finds everyone he taught has good into evil. The same thing happened with Goodman Brown also, he thought his faith his pure, but finds out that his faith is also

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