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At what point does Goodman Brown abandon all faith?no.

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mavs415 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 28, 2007 at 10:38 AM via web

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At what point does Goodman Brown abandon all faith?


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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 28, 2007 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)

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Young Goodman Brown abandons his faith when he sees his wife, Faith, going to the meeting. It is at this point that he decides to go because he realizes there is no longer any goodness.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 3:03 AM (Answer #2)

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Brown abandons his faith when he is in the woods and hears a faint cry from Faith. Then he sees a pink ribbon descend and catch on a branch in front of him. He cries \"My Faith is gone . . . There is no good on earth, and sin is but a name. Come, devil! for to thee is this world given.\"

Now I don\'t know that Brown abandons all his faith, for later on he tells faith to \"Look up to Heaven, and resist the Wicked One\" at which point the black mass disappears and he is alone in the woods.

Brown might have lost his faith in his fellow Puritans and their seemingly pious lives, but he might have held true to his faith in religion, which might explain why the black mass disappears. He can never come to grips, though, with this and dies a bitter old man.

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