Is Young Goodman Brown's journey into the forest an evil dream (perhaps inspired by the devil)? ·
Is his journey a dream vision telling him the truth about human nature? ·
Is his journey a symbolic acting out of his own paranoid fears and suspicions about others? ·
Is his journey a symbolic acting out of his own sinful nature, his secret inclination toward evil?
Is Hawthorne's vision of evil in this story a re-creation of a historical cycle that his generation had left behind? Or is it his own view?