Journey To The Forest In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Nathaniel Hawthorne 's "Young Goodman Brown" is a story which reflects the religious and moral aspects of the Puritan society in the New England colony. The moral decadence and the deterioration of religious beliefs were two issues that NathanielHawthornedeals with in his story. The journey to the Forest, in general, and the dream or vision in particular, have tremendously Affected Young Goodman Brown’s life, behaviors and perceptions of his wife, fellow citizens andhis religious beliefs. The focus of this study is Goodman 's vision or dreams in the heart of the Forest, and its tremendous impact on his life.
The moment Goodman Brown decided to go to the Forest, the embodiment of all evil and forbidden practices, according to the Puritanical codes of morality and obedience to the church and its leadership. His determination to start his journey by sun setting and his wife 's unsuccessful effort to persuade him not to leave her was the trigger for all the suffering and pain thatGoodman Brown experiences.Faith, in return, stresses the point that a lone woman may have bad dream"pr 'y thee, put off your journey until sunrise, and sleep in your own bed to-night. A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts, that she 's afeard of herself, sometimes. Pray, tarry with me this night, dear husband, of all nights in the year!"
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His inability to show himself to the minister, Deacon Gookin or his catechismteacher, Goody Cloyse, is a sign of confusion and nervousness.Hardt, John S. "Doubts in the American Garden: Three Cases of ParadisalSkepticism,” writes that “His forest experience has caused Brown to perceive the discrepancies between appearance and reality, between reputation and performance, between form and
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