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Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthornes short story Young Goodman Brown depicts the internal conflicts of the young nave Puritan Goodman Brown Hawthorne aptly named his characters to convey their innocent nature Brown and Faith are newlyweds enjoying a happy life in a small Salem village of Puritan New England in the 1690s However Brown decides he must go on a journey of self-discovery a journey he does not want to take but feels he must to prove he is worthy of Gods grace On the darkest of nights Brown travels down a path deep into the unknown dangers of the forest Browns nighttime trek will prove if his true passion is in the purity of the village or the darkness and evil that calls to him from the woods The youngster is unprepared for what he learns when a stranger joins him on the path Brown feels the old man is of evil origin when he feels the pull of temptation Yet Browns faith remains strong He rejects the evil ones advances until he views his catechism teacher as a willing participant in the nights activities Even though his confidence is wavering Brown clings to his faith Regardless the farther he travels the stronger the temptations grow The stranger whom Brown now believes to be the devil claims that he is well acquainted with some of Browns family and friends Brown sees or has visions of his relatives and leaders of the community and their associations with evil This revelation forces Brown to trust what the stranger tells him Brown is convinced that the presence of these people in the deep forest at night is proof that the strangers tales of wickedness are true Young Goodman Browns faith is nearly destroyed by the revelation that everyone he has ever known is in some way tainted by sin He tries to preserve an illusion of goodness and purity by seeking faith However in his last
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