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Mankind has a history of turning away from God and embracing evil From the days of Cain to the present there are a chain of men and women who have forsaken the promise of salvation in favor of what is called Satanism In Hawthornes story Goodman Brown is faced with this challenge He must endure the trials of Satan learn troubling facts along the way and lose the one he loves The choice to be made is succumbing to the devil and suffering eternal damnation or embracing God and be saved Goodman Brown symbolic for any good man dwells in the village of Salem The Massachusetts town of Salem was once a site of a horrific witch hunt and is a symbol of pure evil It is ironic that Hawthorne chose this site for the setting and the characters have all the traits of a normal citizen of Salem All of the good people appear to be god fearing Puritans when in fact they all are practicing devil-worshipers As Brown leaves his house and wife at sunset we meet his wife Faith Faith whose name has a double meaning is Browns wife love and later divine inspiration His wife like any faith pleads with him not to travel out that night pray thee put off your journey until sunriseA lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts196-197 Brown does not heed Faiths wishes and begins his strange journey that is foreshadowed with evil when he says and after this one night Ill cling to her Faith skirts and follow her to heaven 197 With his thoughts of Faith still fresh in memory Brown hurries along a path that is on a dreary road darkened by all the gloomiest trees in the forest 197 As he continues the path and his thoughts become darker and a nervous Brown proclaims What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow 197 An
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