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succeeded and remained loyal to their beliefs. Neither of them became caught up with evil, and they were able to continue with a positive outlook on life. Other situations in the story include running into Young Goodman Brown?s catechism teacher, Goody Cloyse. This moment was mysterious because he could not figure out why she would be in the woods. The traveler seemed anxious to leave her behind. He seemed as if she was a distraction to his companion and strongly suggested that they move on. Through the words of Hawthorne, the old traveler mentioned that ?he was going to take a cut through the woods until they left this Christian women behind (p 64).? This was when Goodman Brown appeared to leave all his Christian background and morals behind him. Everything he was ever taught to

live by was brushed aside. He no longer seemed to care about what used to have meaning in his life. At one point, he was tempted to stop following the traveler along the path and return to Faith. Just as he stopped to rest, he visualized more images and heard other sounds. This all symbolized his guilty conscious; however, he continued to walk onward despite of difficulty and opposition from his morals. Now that Goodman Brown had drifted away from the true meaning of his life, he appeared to lose all control over the situations that he faced. An example of this is when he touched a branch and his fingers became withered and dried up. The tramping of horses was another example. I was not convinced that these illusions were consciously occurring; rather, they appeared to be symbols

of his guilty conscious. To go along with the horses and the touching of a branch, he also overheard a conversation. The individuals were discussing plans for an ordination dinner. Hawthorne made it known to Young Goodman Brown through one of the characters that there was “a goodly young women to be taken into communion (p 66).? As one can see, each one of these occurrences were not really happening. Further into the story, Goodman Brown said his heart felt sick. He then looked up and doubted that heaven existed. To me, this proves that he had lost all meaning in his life, and he had no ?faith? left to continue. I think, he finally realized that he lost his meaning in life; instead of trying to revert back to his old self, he joined up with the devil. This was symbolized in the

story when his wife?s ribbon falls out of the sky. An analogy for this image would be losing a close acquaintance, but being left with only a memory of them. This relates to Goodman Brown because he is not the religious person that he once set out to be; however, he can remember being a considerate human being that could once appreciate the important things in life. Young Goodman Brown eventually admitted that, ?his faith [was] gone (p 67).? This is when the road became drearier and the length of it began to vanish. This showed that he could no longer determine where his actions and thoughts were going to lead him. His devilish ways caught up with him. Every move Goodman Brown made, the more abrupt and unruly he became. The final destiny of his life was revealed to him when the

red light appeared. This is when Goodman Brown found himself in familiar surroundings again; unfortunately, Faith was no longer with him. Not only did this open Young Goodman Brown?s eyes, but it opened my eyes to the true point of this story. This is the turning point where I came to realize that Brown was definitely in a battle with his own evil mind. He even thought he saw his mother reaching out to him. He visualized that she was warning him to fight the devil, and that she was sternly stating not to give into his unjust ways. Not only did he think he saw his mother, but he also visualized a figure that had previously been hung in Salem for witchcraft. Once again, this proved that he was not in a good state of mind. In the very last stage of his journey, he saw Faith and he

failed to acknowledge her. He had allowed the devilish train of thought to overshadow the best of him. By the end of the story, Young Goodman Brown was afraid of everyone. He did not have any trust left inside him. Even more horribly, it was said, ?his tombstone lacked hopeful verse (p 71).? This meant that all his experiences destroyed him. His hope was lost; the devil won in the end. For all these reasons and more, I have come to the conclusion that the adventure Hawthorne wrote about was an unordinary stroll through a forest. The adventure was definitely a mysterious one; it was one that portrayed an evil state of mind. 34b