Young Goodman Brown
Goodman Brown started off as a good, pure man with a good family background. He grew up in a good but, strictly religious Christian family. As the story progresses Goodman Brown changes for the worse. The changes throughout the story make Goodman Brown afraid of his own consciousness. His paranoia turns him against his own fellow town mates and his wife. While being a prisoner of his own paranoia he becomes anti-social and stray’s away from society. How did Goodman Brown come to be this way? Goodman Brown in the beginning is a caring, loving father, husband, and towns person. He his plans were to travel to the forest at midnight. Goodman Brown’s intentions were to make a deal with the devil and come back. Although his wife had begged him to not go and leave on such a night, he decided to do so anyway. He wished his wife faith a goodnight and went forth with his plans. The action of leaving behind his wife and children on such a night showed that he was a caring, loving but very stubborn man. Goodman Brown goes to the forest with his partner. Goodman Brown changes his mind and says “too far! Too far!” and his partner goes on walking ahead of him. Goodman Brown’s pureness shows through his wanting to not continue on going to the forest. However, soon Goodman Brown Hallucinates and sees an older version of himself. The older Goodman Brown tries to convince him to go on with making the deal. Goodman brown sticks to his plan on not going forth. Once again Goodman brown’s stubbornness is revealed. With little difficulty the old Goodman brown starts talking about how he knew Goodman Brown’s father and grandfather. Immediately Goodman brown object to his father and grandfather be acquainted with the old Goodman brown by stating “My father never went into the woods on such an errand, nor did his father!” At last, proving how good he is to the hallucination All the pureness leaves though, when the old Goodman Brown starts talking about how he helped...
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