He became afraid and distrustful of everyone around him. Through this dream, the main character Young Goodman realizes that the people that he surrounds himself with are not who he believes them to be. As Brown continued to journey deeper into the forest, he felt ashamed of what he was doing to Faith. Walsh states that the third major symbol in Young Goodman Brown, is the dark man that he meets in the forest. Faith represents faith in mankind as well as religious faith. Baym notes that stories written before 1842 have a female character who is destroyed only by accident not by intention.
As Goodman Brown leaves Faith, he becomes an individual psychologically. Brown's revulsion of his wife and community represents his own need to psychologically repress his reasons for taking the first step into the forest. Of course, one can also recognize that Good Cloyse also only lets down her appearance of goodness when she is in the forest; after all, Goodman Brown thought her unimpeachably good for all these years. The black man Brown meets in the forest is the dark side of his own nature objectified. Though he lived a long life and died a father and grandfather, he died unhappy and desperate, with no inscription on his tombstone. He is starting to change; he feels the pain of discovering the true evil in all he once believed was pure and good.
To avoid being seen and questioned about his journey with the man, he hides in the woods. His actions reflect the Puritan tendency to seek external ideas of faith, particularly in the appearance of goodness, rather than pursuing personal, virtuous relationships between the self and a higher power. Goodman Brown is a vessel for the perspectives and values of New England Puritanism, including the tendency to view morality as a matter of appearance and consensus. However, even sinful dreams and thoughts count as sinful behavior in Puritanism. Because these writers are trying to put forth these ideas, they need to make a convincing, relatable, and entertaining story for these ideas to come to fruition.
A voice calls for the converts to come forward. It was produced by Northern Illinois University. Goodman Brown sits for a moment, happy not to have to return to town and face the minister and Deacon Gookin with a guilty conscience, and happy to be able to sleep well when he gets home. Before disappearing, he gives Goodman Brown his staff, telling him that he can use it for transport to the ceremony if he changes his mind. Goodman Brown sees his own good behavior only through the eyes of others.
Her name becomes a multi-layered metaphor. No matter how much he had tried to resist, the realities of what he had seen and observed in the meeting in the forest of which he was invited to have caused him to doubt everything that he had been holding on dear all these years. When he comes back in the morning, he cannot see Deacon Gookin the same way as before. Hawthorne does not go into detail about the animals in the forest unlike Jewett who specifically describes each one. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic Movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism.
The voices go away, then come back. When the couple say goodbye as the journey into the forest begins, she is wearing the pink ribbons. That troubled night, he sees Faith among the wicked. He is starting to change; he feels the pain of discovering the true evil in all he once believed was pure and good. He begins to doubt if there is a heaven, but he looks up at the starry sky and vows that he will still resist the devil.
Goodman Brown recognizes the woman beside him as Faith. He cries out this famous quote to the wind, indicating that sin no longer strikes fear in him as it once did. Both characters revert from their intentions. Though Goodman Brown resisted the devil and avoided being baptized as a sinner, he lost his faith and his innocent trust in his Puritan community. This was clearly symbolized by the name of his wife, Faith, to whom he would often refer to throughout his journey as the reason why he had been kept from meeting the unknown figure in the forest at the scheduled time. As he sits and gathers himself, Goodman Brown hears horses traveling along the road and hides once again. Ultimately, the survival of our souls depends on it.
When the couple say goodbye as the journey into the forest begins, she is wearing the pink ribbons. At last he is broken and makes the ultimate sacrifice to become a follower and not a leader. Goodman Brown: Goodman Brown is a pious young Puritan man living in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. The allegory is Christian due to the references in Young Goodman Brown to the devil and Satan; it only seems logical that the crux of the story is based upon the religious imagery of Hawthorne's New England in the times of Salem and active religious strife. The only way in which he can admit his desire to leave his wife, and religion is through a dream.