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Goodman Brown is portrayed to be a good man with the best of intentions As most of us know however the best of intentions are not always enough He begins his evil errand with the firm mindset that after this one night he will never do wrong again Hawthorne 164 Unfortunately this was not the case for Brown His resolve is tested several times before the end of the night Throughout the story we will see instances where Brown has opportunity but lacks the willpower and discipline to turn back while he still can The first crack in Browns resolve comes when he meets the Devil waiting for him in the woods He explains to the Devil that his Faith caused him to be late but instead of turning back he continues forward unconsciously resuming his walk Hawthorne 165 Here we see the first of Browns good intentions We also see that Faith plays two roles in this story Faith the wife and faith the substance of Browns resolve Faith the wife is the character of the woman he left behind that night His faith is also left behind that night after the events take place in the forest The fact that Brown is not shocked at the appearance of his fellow traveler leads the reader to believe that perhaps Brown has been down this road before However Brown maintains a level of distance between himself and the other traveler and is willing to negotiate the continuance of the journey This is the nature of mankind The apostle Paul described it best in the Bible when he said For the good that I would do I do not but the evil which I would not that I do Romans 719 The Devil also does a pretty good job of summing up the nature of mankind when he tells the new converts Evil is the nature of mankind Evil must be your only happiness
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