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The last paragraph of Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown " helps to answer the question if the story actually took place or if it was just a dream that Brown had. The sentence preceding the final paragraph asks that exact question, in fact; but whether it was a dream or...

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The last paragraph of Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" helps to answer the question if the story actually took place or if it was just a dream that Brown had. The sentence preceding the final paragraph asks that exact question, in fact; but whether it was a dream or a real-life experience the rest of his life would never be the same. He didn't look at the preacher, his wife, or anyone else in town the same again and died a bitter old man. He didn't even regard his children or grand-children with much more respect than he did others because his trust of other people being what they seem was gone afterwards. he never recovered from seeing people that he thought were pure and innocent actually have hidden secrets of sin even though he himself was on the same path of temptation (What a hypocrite, huh?). His bitterness, self-righteousness, and pride held him back from forgiving others, accepting people for who they are, and living a life of happiness. Acting like that doesn't score any friends because, "they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom".

 

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