The short story Young Goodman Brown demonstrates that people should test their faith of their religious beliefs and even people considered upright can fall short of their own religious faiths from temptations and imperfections. In addition, the story shows that there is some degree of evil nature in everyone because of the freewill to choose right or wrong. In the story Young Goodman Brown, it suggests that people should test their faith of their religious beliefs to determine the strength of it. Goodman Brown took this journey into the woods to test how strong his faith in Christ was. Before Goodman Brown left for his journey in the woods, he promised his wife Faith that he would return to her, his wife symbolizes Goodman Brown’s faith in Christ.
What is he longing for? Where exactly is he going? ““Poor little Faith!” Thought he, for his heart smote him. “What a wretch am I to leave her on such an errand!”” (391) Without knowing the exact answer to any of the questions he enters the woods, dark and dreary, which Hawthorne uses to express the sense of evil. To understand the significance of the setting you have to understand the background of the Puritan culture which Hawthorne doesn’t state but expects the reader to know.
Brown explains to his wife that an important meeting must take place tonight, but he promises Faith that he will return and “cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven” (Hawthorne 380). He intends to live a Christian life like his name “Goodman” implies, but he initially has to satisfy his evil curiosity. As Goodman Brown travels through the forest, his purpose, though vague, is unveiled to b... ... middle of paper ... ... first uses many examples of hypocrisy to show humanity’s true nature. He also demonstrates that even seemingly pure and good-hearted people have dark thoughts or moments where the inclination of evil shows itself. The hypocrisy of the characters’ names represents hypocrisy in their own lives and the secrets that arise when the sun sets.
Young Goodman Brown is not in safe hands. The goodness that survives in Brown can sense that he is in possible danger. Trying to refuse to go further into the woods, the evil traveler convinces the protagonist to do otherwise. As Brown continues into the woods with the evil guide, a member of the church comes by. This is Goody Cloyse, Young Goodman Browns childhood catechism teacher.
Although he felt guilty leaving his Faith back home in their early stage of marriage, he justifies this guilt by swearing that after this night he will "cling to her skirt and follow her to heaven." However, will there be another day for Goodman Brown to share his life with Faith? Although his faith, described with "pink ribbon," is sincere, pure, and innocent, is his will stong enough to walk though "a dreary road, darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest?" Goodman believes nothing can tempt his faith, not even a devil. Upon entering the forest he is suspicious of every rock and tree, thinking something evil will jump out at him.