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. The multiple obstacles that Goodman Brown faced in the woods like when saw all the people he considered to be upright and holy in the meeting with the devil, caused him not to trust anyone not even his own wife Faith when he returns from his journey. If a person has a strong faith in their religion, nothing should be able to cause them to lose it. Unfortunately, Goodman Brown did not have a strong faith in Christ and ended up turning his back on the church. Goodman Brown seems to be a good honest person who was raised in the Christian church and was taught about Christ but he ne...
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...eaming in the woods he began to run through the woods as if a strong
evil spirits had possessed him. Goodman Brown could have easily been in a dream, but because of this experience in the woods, he became bitter and dies alone.
Nathaniel Hawthorne did not write Young Goodman Brown to insult the Puritans’ views on religion. By the time he wrote this short story, the Puritans did not exist anymore. Hawthorne simple shows how their way of religion can affect a person’s life and how they struggle to live to the standards of a “good Christian”. Goodman Brown seems to struggle with being what the Puritans consider a good Christian man. He fits the image of a good Christian but did not have the relationship that one should have. If he did have a Christian like faith he would not have fallen deep into temptation, lose faith in his religion and became a stern bitter man.
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