Young Goodman Brown By Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As the sun came over the horizon, and announced the start of new day, Young Goodman Brown steps into the street of the Salem Village. His beloved wife, Faith, dismisses him with a kiss and a blessing. "Then God bless you!" said Faith," and may you find all well, when you come back." It was with that that Young Goodman Brown departed his lovely wife to being his journey. As he turned the corner, he could still see his beloved wife follow him with her gaze. "How could I leave my sweet wife, to perform such an act?" thought Young Goodman Brown, " I should not trouble myself, she is my key to eternal life. I will return and follow her to the gates of Heaven."
As Young Goodman Brown continued into the last great stronghold of the devil, he feared coming face to face with the devil himself. "God forbid I stumble upon a devilish Indian" prayed Young Goodman Brown. When he reached a crook in the road he could see an elder man sitting. Nothing about his attire raised questions but the staff that rested in his hands resembled a black serpent. As Goodman Brown continued on, the elder man joined him in his journey. "At this pace we might as well crawl to our destination" cried his fellow-traveler," Please, take my staff if you feel tired." "Having met you here is my promise, but I must return for I doubt the purpose of my promise." said Goodman Brown.
Goodman Brown sits to rest along side the path, refusing to go further into the stronghold. " Do not worry yourself. Rest and think Goodman Brown." said the elder man. He tossed his serpent like staff at Goodman Brown and proceeded on the path. Only a few moments later, the sounds of hoof-tramps and voices filled the silent forest. The voices were identical to that of the Minister's and Deacon Gookin. "How could we miss this ceremony? They say a young woman would be taken into communion." said the the voice similar to Deacon Gookin. As the two voices moved away Goodman Brown could hear a young woman, and yelled for his beloved Faith. A scream followed by laughter echoed through the forest, and from the sky a pink ribbon. Coming to the realization that his only way to heaven was gone, Goodman gave into temptation and grasped the staff.
In his moment of hysteria, a familiar verse filled his ears. At the source of the sound there arose a rock that resembled an alter surrounded by blazing pines. Goodman Brown recognized familiar faces from the Salem Village. A voice called for the coverts. Goodman Brown stepped forward toward the blazing rock guided by what looked to be his dead father. "Welcome, my children" said the dark figure. There before the hallowed alter stood Goodman Brown and his beloved wife Faith. His eyes were fixed on his wife who was his passage to heaven. As the figure dipped its finger into the red liquid and prepared to lay a mark of baptism, Goodman Brown urged his wife to pay no attention. "Faith! Faith!" cried the husband. "Look up to the Heaven, and resist the Wicked One!"
The following morning, Goodman Brown arrived at the Village with a stern look on his face. He eyed everyone with a distrustful facial expression. Goodman Brown rejected the ministers blessing as he passed by. He also asked who Deacon Gookin was worshiping in his prayer. As he turned the corner, he gazed upon Faith who was anxiously waiting his arrival. As they neared one another, she could not help but kiss Goodman Brown. He on the other hand kept his stern and depressed face.
For the remainder of his life, Young Goodman Brown tossed around the reality of the dream. With that he became a depressed, withdrawn man in his Village. When it came time to pray in church he could not help but hear the verse sung that night. His stomach would churn when the minister spoke of the Bible. Goodman Brown would separate himself from Faith and scowled her during prayer. His final hours were dispirited thus no cheerful verse was carved.
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