The next morning, Brown returns to the village, unaware if what he experienced was real or a dream. As he walks down the street, Goodman Brown chides himself for leaving Faith while he goes on his journey and resolves that, after this night, he will stay by the side of his good and pious wife. This means that Goodman Brown, in order to maintain appearances, cannot discuss this event with anyone because doing so could result in his being exiled from the community. So, two climaxes: one where young Goodman Brown gives in to wickedness, one where he doesn't. When we first see her, Hawthorne makes note of a pink ribbon in her hair; a symbol of her innocence. Guilt and paranoia are key emotions in the story. The revelation that the minister and Deacon Gookin are also hypocrites horrifies him: even more than Goody Cloyse and the past generations of Browns, the minister and deacon are supposed to exemplify piousness and lead the Puritan community and not feeling guilt when he saw them was a motivating factor in his motivation to resist the devil.
Even though Goodman Brown just lied to his wife and admits to himself that his journey is evil, he continues to think of himself as one of the Elect, the people who the Puritans believe are predestined by God to go to heaven. He then tells Faith to look up to heaven and resist the devil, at this moment, Brown found himself alone in the forest. He lives his life an embittered and suspicious cynic, wary of everyone around him. When he finds the pink ribbon of his wife in the forest, Goodman Brown's faith is weakened even further. Nevertheless, it effectively destroys Brown's belief in the goodness of human nature. Then try a couple extra doses of gloom.
W 5 - Being uneducated and giving birth to many children at a very young age even if they know the value of education or realize the imp. He tells her he has to go and will be back tomorrow. The man bears a staff carved in the form of a black serpent and soon invites Goodman Brown to join him for a stroll. He hides, ashamed to be seen with the man. 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.
Goodman regarded Faith as his anchor to everything that is right in the world. The fact it floats away on a breeze represents shattered innocence and a loss of purity, a theme that is present in many works by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The figure prepares to baptize Goodman Brown and Faith with a pool of something red in the hollow at the top of the stone altar—blood, or flame, or water reddened by the light—but before he can touch either of them, Goodman Brown cries out and warns Faith to resist. As the two of them walk through the deep forest in the darkening dusk, the narrator describes the man as ordinary and simply dressed, and considerably older than Goodman Brown. The Quakers, the American Indians, and those convicted of witchcraft were among those brutally treated by the Puritans, and Hawthorne's story suggests that underneath Salem village's pious exterior, hypocrisy and intolerance prevail.
Yet Goodman continues to believe that even if his own family and the unapproachable Puritan leaders might be sinners, at least the people and immediate leaders of his own community are good. Hawthorne uses this throughout his story as one of the themes. Faith, wearing her pink ribbons, runs up to him joyfully and almost kisses him on the street, but he only stares at her sternly and walks past without saying anything. The Old Man intimates that he is the devil and offers to lend Goodman Brown his walking stick, which is carved in the shape of a snake. He looks enough like Goodman Brown that the two could be mistaken for father and son. Bube Andrew Jones Donna L. When he arrived at the ceremony, he looks around to the forest, the trees are on fire, he sees his father, his mother, the minister, Deacon Gookin, Goody Cloyse and Martha Carrier.
On his way he encounters the devil who attempts to woo him. Suddenly he sees a red light and hears a familiar hymn sung with sinful lyrics by wild voices. At this point, though, Goodman Brown still believes that the community at large is so anti-sin because it is holy. At that moment, there is a woman come and Goodman Brown knew that she is Goody Cloyse, who he knows to be a pious, respected woman from the village. Story Analysis: Loss of Innocence and Faith Ultimately, it isn't clear whether Young Goodman Brown's nighttime adventure in the forest was a dream or a real event. The threshold of the house symbolizes a turning point, a moment in which Goodman Brown can choose to listen to Faith and stay at home as a good husband, or follow his curiosity and go off alone into the night.
Though the surrounding nature has gotten darker and more ominous as Goodman Brown walked deeper into the woods, his desperation makes him turn to nature: he leans against a tree, and looks to the stars for a reminder of heaven, as if the stars could guide him now that the minister and deacon no longer can. Lesson Summary 'Young Goodman Brown' is a short story that packs a heavy symbolic punch. He comes into this clearing where there is a big fire and a bunch of people singing and such. He lives in Salem, a location where the fervent witch trials occurred and one must wonder if he is feeling that piousness and witchcraft surround him in equal parts. He seems to think he can just dip a toe into sin and then draw back, no harm done. The man offers Goodman Brown the staff, saying that it might help him walk faster, but Goodman Brown refuses. However, Brown does not see Faith and is hopeful that she might not be there.
Brown, meaning spiritual death, cannot be attached to goodman without creating irony. The darkness, doubt, and fear he experiences are clearly the work of the devil. His fear of the forest, and of whatever supernatural beings it might hide, is not as strong as his fear of being thought a sinner. There is a tremendous irony. Goodman Brown is suddenly alone in the forest, with no sign of the events of the night.
Goodman Brown briefly considers the idea that Faith could know about his purpose for journeying into the woods, but he quickly dismisses the notion, stating that she is simply too good and pure to suspect him of any kind of evil intent. He soon comes upon a man in the road who greets Goodman Brown as though he had been expecting him. It can be religious faith or faith in mankind. He sees the same members of the community that were at the fire and cries out, defaming them in wickedness. The story begins when Goodman must say goodbye to his wife, Faith, to go on an errand. Even so, he walks on until he encounters a mysterious man at a bend in the road. Goodman Brown and this mysterious figure go into the dark forest, the man offers Goodman Brown the staff, he says that it might help him walk faster, but Goodman Brown refuses.