By going with theman into the forest, he is the first Brown to ever come so close to the Devil. The devil is there totempt us to leave our faith in God, in order to follow him. Goodman Brown is in this situation,
Ogawa 3and ultimately abandons his faith in God by attending the Devil’s ceremony to find his wife. Thefollowing morning, Goodman Brown is still living in the previous night’s reality. The speakertells the readers that maybe what happened was just a dream. That got me into thinking thatmaybe the whole incident was just God testing Goodman Brown’s faith in him through a dream.Goodman Brown gave into temptation and followed evil, so maybe God’s punishment forGoodman Brown losing faith in him was to make the dream a reality that Brown has to live withfor the rest of his life.The definition of faith from Merriam-Webster dictionary is “the complete trust orconfidence in someone or something, and the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of areligion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof” (“faith”). This is important becausewe see that Goodman Brown uses both definitions of faith throughout the story. He has faith inhimself and faith in life in general, and at the end of the story, he loses faith in everything as aresult of the previous night. I like to associate faith with trust, especially in my relationshipswith others and God. I have faith in the people that I really trust. Goodman Brown's wife is anobvious symbol for Young Goodman's Brown faith. Although Brown dies a bitter man, blamingthe wickedness and hypocrisy of others, he leaves his Faith first. He also dies a bitter manbecause he believes the Devil’s gathering was a reality and leaves his faith in God. God is thereto lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil.