Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

9. Do you think Brown would have had a better, more peaceful life if he had stayed home from this night's journey?


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I suppose he might have had a life such as it was. ..Whatever the case, Goodman Brown is never the same again; he becomes “a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man.” After he dies many years later, he is followed to his grave by Faith, by his children, by his grandchildren, and by neighbors, but “they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone; for his dying hour was gloom.” So perhaps staying home is sometimes better.