Hawthorne 's Young Goodman Brown

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In the short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the reader is left with unanswered questions about what actually happened to Goodman Brown the night he took an unforgettable journey into the woods. Therefore, questions form about dream or real life occurrences, and it lingers over the minds of the readers after this ominous, short story ends. Experience versus imagination in the short story “Young Goodman Brown” are questionable because Hawthorne allows the reader to interpret their own imaginations with evidence to conspire if Brown only had a dream, or if it was all reality proving that evil lives within everyone.
Unlike most authors, Hawthorne gives the reader a chance to consider their own ideas. He provides evidence …show more content…

On he flew among the black pines, brandishing his staff with frenzied gestures, now giving vent to inspiration of horrid blasphemy, and now shouting forth such laughter as set all the echoes of the forest laughing like demons around him” (6). With the absence of his wife, this outrageous anger within Brown explodes, and he begins to let his demons out, which would make any passerby, fearful. Everyone on Earth is a sinner, but not everyone is completely evil. However, Faith, both his wife and his faith in God, were the only things keeping Brown at bay. When his wife Faith is lost, so is he because she is the only reason for him to have faith in himself and in God.
At the ceremony, the figure, which I believe is the devil, shows these new comers of the Devil’s congregation that all the prestigious, pious, and holy people of their town were working at the right-hand of the Devil. Once again, this proves evil lives within every one as the devil states, “Depending upon one another’s hearts, ye had still hoped that the virtue were not all a dream. Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness. Welcome again, my children, to the communion of your race” (8). The devil believes and convinces these people that all of the human race may relate evil with themselves.
The chances of coming back from all of the deceit that his fellow neighbors

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