Why is Brown's new bride "Faith" aptly named, according to the narrator?

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Faith in a Christian God is central to the worldview of the eponymous Young Goodman Brown. With that faith comes an emphasis on virtue and piety, which are mentioned in this story and feature heavily in Hawthorne's work. Brown sees Faith, his wife, as embodying these qualities. She also serves as his inspiration to resist the devil in favor of God. For these reasons, Faith is aptly named.

Brown addresses his wife as "dearest heart" before he departs, suggests she would die at the thought of his transgression, and believes he will "cling to her skirts and follow her to Heaven." How Brown views his wife comes into focus early in the story, and it is easy to see why he has faith in her.

Faith functions as more of an idea than person in this story. Each time Brown is explicitly tempted, he cites Faith as his reason for resistance. At the first such occurrence, he won't even entertain the notion:

"Well, then, to end the matter at once," said Goodman Brown, considerably nettled, "there is my...

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