Young Goodman Brown : External Conflict In Young Goodman Brown

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This internal turmoil begins with the external conflict that Young Goodman Brown faces when he decides to venture out into the forest to see if the evils that he has imagined were actually a reality. “‘My love and my Faith,’ replied young goodman Brown, ‘of all the nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise. What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married!’ ‘Then, God bless you!’ said Faith, with the pink ribbons, ‘and may you and all well, when you come back.’” (Hawthorne 1264). This conversation is the first conflict that Brown faces on his journey. He chooses to leave his wife for the evening, to head into the woods and to discover for himself whether or not evil truly does reside inside. In a sense he chooses to leave behind his “faith” in religion and God as he chooses to leave his innocent, pink ribbon decorated, wife behind for the night. The next conflict that Brown encounters is with a fellow traveler who carries a staff that bestows a serpent’s head at the top of it. This fellow traveler “befriends” Brown and urges him on despite his doubts about whether or not this is a good plan to go into the woods after all. “‘Let us walk on, nevertheless, reasoning as we go, and if I convince thee not, thou shalt turn back. We are but a little way in the forest, yet.’ ‘Too far, too far!’ exclaimed the goodman,
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