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A view of Young Goodman Brown The story Young Goodman Brown is about a man and his faith in himself his wife and the community they reside in Goodman Brown must venture on a journey into the local forest refuse the temptations of the devil and return to the village before sunrise The time era is approximately a generation after the time of the witch trials 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 He reiterates his false confidence to himself repeatedly This characteristic of Goodman Brown is similar to the life lead by the author Nathaniel Hawthorne one of self-doubt Nathaniel Hawthorne was an unhappy person his entire life never satisfied with his accomplishments Goodman knows what he must do but dreads the deed Upon entering the forest he is suspicious of every rock and tree thinking something evil will jump out at him When he finally does meet someone on the trail who appears to be of evil origin he feels confident that he can refuse any temptations This evil person makes several advances and Goodman refuses This makes Goodman feel strong until they meet his childhood catechism teacher and see her turned This act deters his confidence to a great degree He continues down the trail looking for hope in the heavens but hears only howling voices Goodman eventually reaches his destination and sees the rest of the community theyre participating in satanic acts When he sees this it destroys any faith he might of had in the community or himself and he appears to give-up The following morning he finds himself in the forest and wonders what happened the previous night Whether the scenes he witnessed were real or his imagination he believes what he remembers and trusts no one in the village not even his wife Goodman lives the rest of his years
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