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Young Goodman Brown n8 - Whether or not had Goodman...

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Whether or not “had Goodman Brown…only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting” (paragraph 71), is unknown. Though this question will not change the fact that Goodman Brown has gained a new insight of his religious way of life, it could be said that he was dreaming. The narrator does exclaim if it was a dream, “be it so, if you will. But, alas! It was a dream of evil omen for young Goodman Brown.” The reader is not to know whether the events in the forest were factual or dreamt, since Hawthorne leaves the interpretations of the story ambiguous since “whether Faith obeyed he knew not” (paragraph 69). He had suddenly
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