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Young Goodman Brown is a story in which the proper morals the Puritans give way to sexual fantasy In the beginning Brown leaves civilization to partake on a journey into evil Journeying into a forest which represents the unknown and the evil according to Puritan beliefs Leaving behind his wife Faith the epitome of innocence which is not what Browns true soul desires As he leaves his wife her begging him not to go leads to his thoughts about how hes glad she doesnt know what his journey entails making the reader wonder what sort of evil he had planned for the future Perhaps having thoughts or fantasies of sexual encounters going to a forest for something like a prostitute or the forest symbolizing the evil of infidelity or a symbolic embodiment of a whore He desires the unrefined the dark and the witchlike As Brown approached the entrance to the forest he encounters a dark being appearing aesthetically similar to himself only older This dark figure is Browns true subconscious and maybe even his soul which is touring him through the sexual experience of the forest As he enters into the forest Brown speaks of all the good men who never went as deep into the forest and at that moment Goody Cloyse the woman who taught Brown catechism appears Browns first sexually immoral thought was with her Although an old woman now she evokes thoughts Brown had when he was younger The dark figure then gives her his writing stick and she flies off cackling To Brown giving her his writing stick is like having sex and the cackling adds to the experience a sexual fetish of sleeping with a witch The point about misplacing her broomstick or someone else stealing it could be considered a phallic symbol Goodman Brown then states that woman taught me my catechism and the story states that there is a world of meaning in that
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