The story opens up with the departure of Goodman Brown where he says goodbye to his 3 month wife, Faith, and goes on a journey for an unknown errand in the forest and promises to be back by the next morning. His wife Faith who always use to wear this pink ribbon in her hair pleads Goodman Brown not to leave her alone.
Goodman Brown then finally parts with Faith and sets out into the forest where he meets a man, who is described as looking much like Goodman Brown except older. Goodman Brown is frightened to sees his figure looming in the dark forest ahead of him. They both then continues the journey, talking about Goodman’s family. Goodman finds it hard to believe this man knew his grandfather because he is clearly not a good character as he is depicted as a serpent.
As the two approach their destination, Goodman feels guilty of leaving Faith back and wants to turn back home but the two keeps moving until they come across an old woman named Goody Cloyse. Goodman recognizes her as a teacher and a spiritual guide but begins to realize she is also a part of the evil that surrounds him. The same is true with Deacon Gookin and the Minister who come riding along and Goodman realizes that these men are both with evil. As he moves out of the darkness, a pink ribbon blows down next to him and he sees that Faith might be hiding behind the trees but to his disappointment finds nothing and yet again wishes to go back.
As the story progresses, there is a large fire and what appears to be a Satanic or demonic ritual taking place and Goodman Brown thinks he sees his dead father. The leader of the evil discusses how everyone is evil and as Goodman Brown listens, he sees that the woman on the altar next to his deceased father is actually Faith. He yells at her to resist the evil, but as he does so the entire scene disappears and he is left alone, wondering what happened. The next morning when Goodman Brown walks back to Salem and runs across many of the “godly” people he met during his experience/dream. He is disturbed and believes every body is evil and shuns all of them, including his wife, whom he once treasured. The rest of his life is spent in misery as he thinks everyone is part of a secret evil and sin and when he dies, few are saddened.
Going out of the actual content, I wanted to share this little story of 3 best friends knowledge, wealth and trust(faith). All three shared a strong bond and one day when they separated, they asked each other where could they be found if searched. To this Knowledge replied “you will always find me in temple, church, mosque, etc.” Wealth said “ you’ll find me in places related to rich people.” And lastly, when it came to Trust(faith) it remained quite and said “once I am gone you will never find me.”
I think this little story could be related to Young Goodman Brown that once Goodman left his wife, Faith, rest of his life was spent miserably.