Young Goodman Brown

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In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" a man leaves his wife to go run and errand that is evil. He comes upon who I think is the devil. He then follows an old lady, Goody Cloyse, to a witch's meeting and finds out that people he thought he knew were not who they claimed to be. I was asked to answer the question of if Young Goodman Brown was dreaming about the whole thing. I think it could have been a little bit of him dreaming and not dreaming.

I am a very religious person and in the Bible it says that the devil can appear in many forms. In "Young Goodman Brown" the devil appeared in the form of Young Goodman Brown's Grandfather. Also in the bible, the devil came to the Garden of Eden in the form of a serpent, in "Young Goodman Brown" the staff of the devil's was a serpent and when he touched Goody Cloyse with it she recognized him.

And the way he disappeared could be possible too, but all of this is highly unlikely in this day and time.

He could have been dreaming due to many obvious factors in the story. First off, the most obvious to me was the pink ribbons that belonged to his wife. She wore them in her hair as he left and later on in the story he found one and knew the devil had "taken" her. But then at the end of the story, she had the pink ribbons in her hair again. So, if Young Goodman Brown had her ribbons from finding them, how did she have them in her hair the next day? Another thing is that all the people from the church were at this witch's meeting. It seems like...