Why Does Goodman Brown Discover In The Forest

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Marley Haniff 10/16/14 English 102 Professor Robinson What does Goodman Brown discover in the forest? What does he come to think of his ancestors, the church and state, Goody Cloyse, and even his wife? Young Goodman Brown starts off the story on a warm afternoon before embarking on a trip. His wife named Faith pleads that he does this “errand” at another time or during the day when there is light. She does not know where he is going, but he promises his return in the morning. “What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand!” says Goodman Brown. What is this errand that he needs to do and where must he go? Goodman Brown ventures toward the forest where he will be spending the rest of the night. As Goodman brown starts into…show more content…
The people of the church are there, Goody Cloyse, and even faith. Goodman Brown cannot believe what he is seeing and returns to the village the following morning with a different attitude. The people whom he once respected and followed as role models were in fact devil worshippers. Goodman Brown saw all the people in his town as hypocritical and could not listen to them. He stopped going to the church and did not talk to many people. Goodman Brown does not look at Faith the same way, and becomes very distant. At the end of the story, it is noted that his “dying hour was gloom.” He had lost most of his friends and became sort of an outcast. This short story has so much deep meaning and analysis required to get the real point of it. If you start to question your faith and mess with the devil, you will surely lose. Goodman Brown fought an internal war with his faith and eventually lost to evil. It also shows that how everyone is not as they seem. People always do thing out of the eyes of others and can have different purposes and beliefs than what appears at first glance. Goodman Brown has learned the hard way about dabbling with the devil and will now forever be in question with his

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