Loss Of Faith In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown could have made a different decision by choosing not to go into the forest. Instead of making the choice to enter the forest, he could have chosen to follow the good path avoiding the evil path. If he had gone down a different path it would have prevented him from losing his belief, religion, and faith he had in God. By Brown going into the wicked forest, he changed as a person because he did not come out the same. After going into the forest Brown realized the world was evil and couldn’t see the good in anything no longer. “There is no good on earth; and sin is but a name” (Hawthorne, 1835, 319). If he stayed out of the forest he would have still had his religion and seen the good in people and things while living on Earth. While inside the forest he became confused, lost, and doubtful over his life. Brown lost the innocence that he once had and gain new awareness to things that he once couldn’t see…show more content…
Brown died with a lost soul. The narrator stated, “They carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone; for his dying hour was in gloom” (Hawthorne, 1835, 323). His decision destroyed his faith but also with his wife Faith, which she was the representation of his faith. “My Faith is gone!” Cried he after one stupefied moment” (Hawthorne, 1835, 319). Which represent faith in God had left him and his wife Faith symbolized his religion. Faith warned him not to go into the forest, as for she knew that it would be a danger and will change his life, but he did it anyways. Brown could have made a decision to stay out, but his mind was so curious to find out more about the unknown that it destroyed his life forever. Overall, if Young Goodman Brown would have made a decision to choose the good path and not go into the forest with the devil, his life would have not changed for the worst. He would have kept his wife Faith. Also Brown would have kept his innocence and died peacefully instead of in
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