Young Goodman Brown Questions and Answers
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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What are the issues presented in "Young Goodman Brown?"

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown" is ultimately about temptation, the struggle between good and evil, and the loss of faith.

The story centers on young Goodman Brown as he wrestles with trying to rectify what he perceives as the need for public goodness with his own personal record of wickedness. The plot centers around young Goodman Brown leaving his wife, Faith, one evening to meet the Devil in the woods. After his journey he is unsure if he has in fact met the Devil but the rest of his life is consumed with trying to rectify and understand those around him, growing more and more cynical and distrusting of everyone with whom he comes into contact, particularly his wife Faith.

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