Why might Goodman Brown’s “dying hour” have been one of “gloom?”
Young Goodman Man becomes a stern, sad, distrustful man after his experience in the forest. With his typical use of ambiguity, Hawthorne doesn't reveal whether the events were real or imagined. Regardless of whether he actually witnessed anything real or in fact dreamed the events, the effect on Brown is the same. He loses his faith, lives a miserable life, and even dies full of gloom because he sees sinners everywhere. He can trust no one. "No hopeful verse is carved on his tombstone," Hawthorne tells us.