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This essay explores the morals presented in Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown It is difficult to summarize Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown with solely one moral There are so many different sides to the tale that can give every reader a different moral to relate back to their life I think that Hawthorne had this in mind while writing the story because he made it so that it is open to different interpretations It is apparent that after Goodmans journey he becomes distrusting because he either met the devil in that forest or fell asleep and dreamt of him The story seems to lean toward him meeting the devil in person because the period between awake and sleeping is left unclear in shades of gray not black and white If the entire journey had simply been a nightmare and the author wanted readers to be sure of it I believe he would have made it clearer by describing his anxiety with more detail in the beginning and then stating that he awoke as to clear up any confusion In this quote the author implies that it should be the readers choice to decide whether to believe the nightmare a reality Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting Be it so if you will But alas It was an evil omen for young Goodman Brown A stern a sad a darkly meditative a distrustful if not a desperate man did he become from the night Due to these differing story lines different morals can be deduced Goodman Browns struggle between the evil temptations the devil and the proper church abiding life is a struggle he does not think he can face The tale is about a man and his faith in himself his wife and his community The story line illustrates a theme of faith but the moral points to faith in whom Goodman seems
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