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Faith or Face Young Goodman Brown is short story about a young Puritan man who sets out on a journey through the forest to witness a witch ceremony leaving his wife Faith He must resist the devils temptation and return to her at sunrise as promised On his journey Brown experiences events that alter his way of thinking forever This story is centered around the concept of Faith Faith is used to show the extent to which religion can become the driving force in ones life Faith is defined as an unquestionable belief in and loyalty to God Guralmick 502 Faith can control ones behavior and manipulate ones mind in the same way that ones extreme face or pride can Goodman let his excessive pride in himself destroy his relationship with his wife and community and his ability to worship God Goodman Brown goes into the woods to meet with the devil therefore he is questioning his faith from the start He steps away from his faith for a short period of time to go on his journey saying that After this one night Ill cling to her Faith skirts and follow her to Heaven Hawthorne 1 This is one example where Goodmans excessive pride comes in to play He feels that he can do this sinful deed because he promised himself he would repent afterwards When his companion the devil alerts him of his late arrival Brown replies Faith kept me back awhile Hawthorne 1 This can be taken as his faith to God delayed his meeting to the devil but his pride allowed him to go As he gets deeper into the forest Goodman Browns faith begins to lessen He doubts that he will be able to resist temptation He shows his faith by saying My father never went into the woods nor did his father before him We have been a race of honest men and good Christians
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