The events that take place in this short story might have been a dream, but they certainly do not feel that way to young Goodman Brown himself. After Brown begs Faith, his wife, to resist the devil, he finds himself all alone in the dark forest. He returns to the village, a changed man from the one he was just the evening before, and the narrator asks,
Had Goodman Brown fallen asleep in the forest, and only dreamed a wild dream of a witch-meeting? Be it so, if you will.
We, the readers, can tell ourselves that it was a dream if we prefer, but Goodman Brown does not seem to think of his experiences as a dream. He acts as though he believes that the events took place in reality. "A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man, did he become [...]." When Brown sees Goody Cloyse with a little girl, he "snatched away the child, as from the grasp of the fiend himself." He...
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