Human Nature In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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In the very classic short story “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, took place in the 17th century but was written in the mid-1800’s. The story begins when Brown, the main character, leaves his newly wed wife, Faith to go on a trip into the forest. Faith begs for him to stay but he is determined to go that night. When he reaches the forest he meets a man, who kind of resembles Brown. They both head together deeper into the forest where they run into a woman, Goody Cloyse, who Brown has met before when he was younger in the woods. The two continue to go into the forest when Brown hears his wife’s voice, he calls out to her but there is no answer. He runs deeper into the forest, upset that his wife is lost in the dark dangerous forest. He ends up meeting the devil which was the old man he was traveling with this whole time. The devil is talking about all the people he was able to influence them. After a long night in the forest, Brown arrives home unsure if what he did and saw was real or just a dream. He was very scared and his belief in that he was a true Christian was gone. He now thinks that everyone he sees is evil and he doesn 't trust anyone. He lives the rest of his life in fear. Hawthorne is trying to explain the importance of human nature and how to understand it. In the story he tries to show that everyone has a little evil in them and that 's what Brown realizes when he meets the Devil. Hawthorne is trying to say that it 's okay to have a little evil in
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