What does “Young Goodman Brown” seem to be saying about the  ethics of American Puritanism?

In your own opinion/analysis, what happens to Goodman Brown in the  forest? Why does Hawthorne leave it up to the reader to decide whether  the entire experience of Brown is a dream or real? To what extent does  it matter that we decide one way or another?

What does “Young Goodman Brown” seem to be saying about the  ethics of American Puritanism? Hawthorne struggled with his own  ancestors’ roles in prosecuting the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials; what  does the ironic revelation of “evil” hidden behind a facade of “good”  suggest about Hawthorne’s judgment of the Puritan worldview?

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http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/younggoodmanbrown.html

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