By going with the man into the forest he is the first Brown to ever come so

By going with the man into the forest he is the first

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By going with the man into the forest, he is the first Brown to ever come so close to the Devil. The devil is there to tempt us to leave our faith in God, in order to follow him. Goodman Brown is in this situation,
Ogawa 3 and ultimately abandons his faith in God by attending the Devil’s ceremony to find his wife. The following morning, Goodman Brown is still living in the previous night’s reality. The speaker tells the readers that maybe what happened was just a dream. That got me into thinking that maybe 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 for Goodman Brown losing faith in him was to make the dream a reality that Brown has to live with for the rest of his life. The definition of faith from Merriam-Webster dictionary is “the complete trust or confidence in someone or something, and the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof” (“faith”). This is important because we see that Goodman Brown uses both definitions of faith throughout the story. He has faith in himself and faith in life in general, and at the end of the story, he loses faith in everything as a result of the previous night. I like to associate faith with trust, especially in my relationships with others and God. I have faith in the people that I really trust. Goodman Brown's wife is an obvious symbol for Young Goodman's Brown faith. Although Brown dies a bitter man, blaming the wickedness and hypocrisy of others, he leaves his Faith first. He also dies a bitter man because he believes the Devil’s gathering was a reality and leaves his faith in God. God is there to lead us not to temptation, but deliver us from evil.

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