After this climax of the story, Brown without faith or anyone to trust and believe in, he begins to panic and freak out. He gains knowledge about what his townspeople and his wife are actually hiding behind their Puritan facade and he loses his innocence. In the quotation he declares that there is no good on earth and invites the Devil to join him again and picks up his magical staff. He could no longer feel that the society informing the values of his superego were respectable. The downfall of the character of Goodman Brown into a life full of distrustfulness and depression is apparent by the conclusion of the story where the narrator writes that Brown became a “stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, if not a desperate man did he become from the night of that fearful dream… And when he had lived long, and was borne to his grave a hoary corpse, followed by Faith, an aged woman, and children and grandchildren, a good procession, besides neighbors not a few, they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying hour was gloom” (Hawthorne 13).


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