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Symbolism in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” is a story about a man and his faith. Goodman Brown ventures on a journey into the forest where his faith is tested, as he attempts to resist the temptations of the devil whereupon he returns to his home and wife. While in the forest, Goodman Brown encounters many well-respected citizens of his community, including his wife, Faith, engaged in a …

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…and all of his neighbors. The rest of his life is miserable. Whether the satanic meeting in the middle of the night had been a dream or not is irrelevant since it affects in the same way as it would if it wasn’t a dream. Goodman Brown was forever changed by his experience. From a devoted husband and faithful Christian into a “stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrusting, if not desperate man,...” (622).