Where Is Goodman Brown Headed After Sunset

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Young Goodman Brown
The story takes place in 17th-century Puritan New England, a common setting for Hawthorne’s works, and addresses the Calvinist/Puritan belief that all of humanity exists in a state of depravity, but that God has destined some to unconditional election through unmerited grace.

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is headed on a journey into the forest that must be completed before sunrise.

Do you think what happened to Goodman Brown in the forest was real or was it just a dream support your interpretation with evidence from the text?

It is never conclusively stated in the story whether it was a dream or a reality. The outcome is tragic, Young Goodman Brown lives the rest of his life a bitter, angry man who turns his back on his religion, his wife, and his community. Even to his dying day he is never able to forgive.

Who attends the devil’s communion in the forest?

Who attends the devils communion in the forest? The Old Man/Devil The man, possibly the devil, who tempts Goodman Brown into attending the ceremony in the forest. The man intercepts Goodman Brown in the middle of the dark road, then presides over the ceremony.

What word best describes Goodman Brown’s dying hour?

In the story, it was quoted that “his dying hour was gloom” and that no hopeful words could describe him. After he saw his wife attend the meeting with the rest of the witches, he lost his mind and believed the world was sinned.


What happens to Goodman Brown after that night?

Goodman Brown does not recognize this and sees in her the evil the devil led him to see. Goodman Brown grows old, dies, and is buried with “no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom” (Hawthorne 549). Hawthorne shows how the sin Goodman Brown followed for just one night followed him to his grave.

What does Goodman Brown do at the end of the story?

His journey to the forest is symbolic of Christian “self-exploration” in which doubt immediately supplants faith. At the end of the forest experience he loses his wife Faith, his faith in salvation, and his faith in human goodness.

Why does Goodman Brown leave?

He becomes distant from his own wife. The story ends years in the future, with the narrator telling us that when Goodman Brown died, his neighbours ‘carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom. ‘

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