What do you see as the real reason for Young Goodman Brown's journey in "Young Goodman Brown"? By: Hawthorne

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This is a good question. The story "Young Goodman Brown" opens with a strange exchange between the title character and his wife, Faith. Faith wants him to stay home, but he replies that he has business in the woods at night:

"My love and my Faith," replied young Goodman Brown, "of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done 'twixt now and sunrise. What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married!"

Young Goodman Brown clearly has some sort of business in the forest, the reader is told, and this business must take...

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