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Conflict of Morality in Young Goodman Brown In Young Goodman Brown Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how Goodman Brown cant be content with himself untill he has accepted that he has the potential to be both good and evil His single-minded nature brought on by the religious dogma that he has grown up with prevents him from seeing both the good and evil within himself At this time in his journey he can only see the good within himself I believe that Brown goes into the woods after being troubled by the conflict within him over what is good and what is evil I think that he falls asleep in the forest His dream shows him the inner conflict of good and evil within him that he wont allow himself to face because of his inability to be open-minded This conflict that he has between good and evil within himself has Goodman Brown being faced with the evil within himself as a test of his faith in the goodness within himself At first- when the Elder Man describes Goodmans father and grandfather as being evil- he doesnt identify with the evil that he sees as being within him Then he becomes overwhelmed by feelings of evil when he doesnt accept that both good and evil thoughts need to co-exist within him in order for him to cope with his anger and thus be capable of acting good towards others This ends with him identifying that evil exists in him when he is forced to join an unholy communion But he then completly ignores the good inside himself Brown first comes face to face with the evil within him when he talks to the Elder Man Brown is then presented with this evil within himself but doesnt identify his own capactity for evil with the descriptions of his grandfather and fathers actions
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