What role does religion play in Brown's life before the "dream," during the "dream," and after he "wakes"?

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Goodman Brown is portrayed as a devout, morally upright Christian prior to participating in the Black Mass, which takes place in the depths of the forest. Before embarking on his journey, Goodman Brown instructs his wife, Faith, to say her prayers and is reluctant to continue his journey into the woods. Goodman even mentions that he hails from a long line of honest, good men and martyrs. When Goodman meets the devil in the forest, he tells him that his family members are "people of prayer" and "abide by no such wickedness." Goodman also worries about interacting with the deacon after his dark errand in the forest and believes that his voice will tremble during the Sunday sermons. Despite stopping several times and rethinking his errand, Goodman cannot resist temptation: he continues on his journey and participates in the Black Mass along with the prominent Christian leaders of his community.

Following his "dream," Goodman Brown experiences a dramatic transformation and develops into a...

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