Hawthorne uses the character of Goodman Brown as the representation of the human’s struggle with faith. After his course with the Old Man, Brown is left to quarrel with his findings in the woods alone. He is wrought between ending his journey or continuing on, after finding that many of those in which he trusted with his faith had been meddling elsewhere. Before the Old Man leaves, Brown admits that he can no longer continue, “another step…on this errand. What if a wretched old woman do choose to go to the devil, when I thought she was going to Heaven! Is that any reason why I should quit my dear Faith, and go after her?” (Hawthorne 609). Brown is questioning why he should do as Goody Cloyse did before him and choose the dark side and leave his Faith behind. Although Brown is stating that he is uncertain of his choice in what the devil is asking him, the question of it leads to the idea that Brown had seriously considered following the Old Man. As Brown represents humankind, it is humankind then questioning the pat...
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