When he reaches the clearing where the ceremony is taking place, the trees around it are on fire, and he can see in the firelight the faces of various respected members of the community, along with more disreputable men and women and Indian priests.
His travels lead him to a witch meet, comprised of people whom he admires in the strict Puritan religious community. Now Brown needs to return to Faith and accept his limitations as a human being. He no longer has a mutual relationship with his religious family due to his distrust of their intentions.
Brown speaks about an old woman him and the devil encounter on the road: He looks around, afraid of what might be behind each tree, thinking that there might be Indians or the devil himself lurking there. But he still holds on to the as equally shocking possibility that faith still exists within himself.
Goodman Brown finally parts with faith the name Faith is symbolic for obvious reasons here and sets out into the forest where he meets a man.
He yells at he to resist the evil, but as he does so the entire scene disappears and he is left alone, wondering what happened. Brown, to this point, lingers in shock as to the failings of faith.
Oddly, his justification for going into the woods consists of his desire to grow in his own faith. The leader of the evil perhaps the Devil himself discusses how everyone is evil and as Goodman Brown listens, he sees that the woman on the altar next to his deceased father is actually Faith.
After telling the two that they have made a decision that will reveal all the wickedness of the world to them, the figure tells them to show themselves to each other. Goodman Brown sets off on a road through a gloomy forest. He does not think that Christianity loses its seriousness simply because humans fail to follow its mandates.
Confusion, instead of sure faith, guides his thoughts now. As the story by Nathaniel Hawthorne progresses, in a clearing, there is a large fire and what appears to be a Satanic or demonic ritual taking place and Goodman Brown thinks he sees his dead father.
Goodman recognizes her as a teacher and a spiritual guide but begins to realize she is part of the evil that surrounds him. He screams her name, and a pink ribbon from her cap flutters down from the sky. His original trust in God reaffirms itself in the midst of compromise.
His religious faith often warns to be cautious with those who accept sin. He sees Goody Cloyse quizzing a young girl on Bible verses and snatches the girl away. He returns to the basic tenet of Christianity, that faith needs to exist in order to make sense of the world around him.
At that moment, the two come upon an old woman hobbling through the woods, and Goodman Brown recognizes Goody Cloyse, who he knows to be a pious, respected woman from the village. As he enters the secret witch meet in the forest, he beholds the same people that populate the Puritan community.
He lives the remainder of his life in gloom and fear. Because Hawthorne displays multiple possibilities within his fiction, the reader is allowed to make their own decision as to what actually happened. Goody Cloyse and Martha Carrier bring forth another person, robed and covered so that her identity is unknown.
Soon he hears the voices of the minister of the church and Deacon Gookin, who are also apparently on their way to the ceremony. Instead of doubting his convictions, he now questions his deals with the devil.
Yet how does anyone make a decision when everything is so unclear? He desires to make himself stronger morally so as to avoid weakness and sin. He says that he showed up for their meeting because he promised to do so but does not wish to touch the staff and wants to return to the village.
The man is dressed in regular clothing and looks normal except for a walking stick he carries. Therefore, the old man, associating himself with that particular staff, symbolizes the devil himself.
By questioning rebellion, Brown ironically rebels against the purpose with which he set out into the woods to begin with. Yet why does Brown have such boldness to play around with evil? The next morning Goodman Brown returns to Salem Village, and every person he passes seems evil to him.
He sees the minister, who blesses him, and hears Deacon Gookin praying, but he refuses to accept the blessing and calls Deacon Gookin a wizard.
He hides, embarrassed to be seen with the man, and the man taps Goody Cloyse on the shoulder. Though he may be afraid of the people the Puritans warned him about Indians, witches, wizards he counts himself as a figure just as worthy to be feared.
The rest of his life is spent in misery as he thinks everyone is part of a secret evil and sin another recurring theme in the works of Hawthore and when he dies, few are saddened.
Hawthorne believed the main goal of literature was to represent the ambiguity that plagues our lives and how it shapes people. This walking stick features a carved serpent, which is so lifelike it seems to move.The narrator of “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne asks the reader if it really happened or if it was simply a dream and concludes the story with the details of the rest of Goodman’s life.
"Young Goodman Brown" is a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne that was first published in Test your knowledge of "Young Goodman Brown" with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web.
SparkNotes is brought to you by Barnes & Noble. The Internal Conflicts of Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne In Young Goodman Brown the theme is not only centered on religious hypocrisy (falsely claiming to have certain religious morals) but also on the internal conflicts of Young Good Man.
The conflict is the problem in a piece of fictional literature. The story of the background and development of the conflict and the struggle to find its.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories “Young Goodman Brown” () and “The May-Pole of Merry Mount”() deal with major conflicts on several levels.
Both stories dramatize conflicts between characters, the protagonists' inner conflicts, and more. Oct 24, · Hawthorne’s short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” centers on a man (named after the title) who leaves his wife, Faith, and journeys into the woods.
His travels lead him to a witch meet, comprised of people whom he admires in the strict Puritan religious community.Download