What was Young Goodman Brown supposed to learn from his experience?

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Quite honestly, Young Goodman Brown isn't "supposed" to learn anything.  That is the point.  Nathaniel Hawthorne presents a character that, from the very first page of the short story, knows that he is doing something wrong.  His wife, Faith, had a bad dream about his upcoming journey into the woods, and begs him to stay home.  He responds by insisting that he must go this particular night, and then asks if she doubts him already, even though they are "but three months married."  She relents and he begins his journey, but shortly after Hawthorne writes,

"Poor little Faith!" thought he, for his heart smote him. "What a wretch am I, to leave her on such an errand! She talks of dreams, too. Methought, as she spoke, there was trouble in her face, as if a dream had warned her what work is to be done to-night. But, no, no! 'twould kill her to think it. Well; she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven."

Even before he is out of...

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