What is Hawthorne's tone toward the character of Goodman Brown and if the tone changes during the story, how? Give me evidence from the story if possible please. Thank you!
Since Goodman Brown's name is ironic, it seems that Nathaniel Hawthorne maintains a rather skeptical tone toward his character, especially in the beginning of the narrative. For instance, as Goodman resolves "after this one night I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven," it is evident that he intends to "tarry" not with his wife, but with temptation and may not be so good. That he is rather sanctimonious is also evinced by his feeling "himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose."
As Goodman proceeds, he expects evil:
"There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree," said Goodman Brown to himself; and he glanced fearfully behind him as he added, "What if the devil himself should be at my very elbow?"
Because he suspects evil, Goodman does, indeed, discover it in the second traveller who appears. Yet, he deludes himself, telling the old man with a staff who...
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