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Importance of Faith in Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne


In Young Goodman Brown, the main character, Goodman Brown has a bout with his own faith. He ends up losing this battle because of the wickedness in everyone else’s hearts. He begins by wanting to be the evil one, then progresses to be the faithful one as the night in the woods goes on. His name has a lot to do with the character in the story. The “Young” in his name is to symbolize innocence, and “GOODMAN” is pretty self-explanatory. He goes off in to the woods and comes with a lost faith in everyone else in the town.

Goodman Brown decides he wants to go off into the woods for one last night of evilness before married life really kicked in. He says, ”What a wretch am I, to leave her on such an errand!…Well; she’s a ...


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