In Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," the main character goes through a life-altering journey through the devil's forest. Prior to this journey, Goodman Brown has a loving and trusting relationship with his wife and an optimistic out look on his life. However, by the end of his journey he is dramatically different. Through the journey, Goodman's character changes from a trusting and vulnerable young man, to a distrustful and desperate aged man. .
Before the journey begins, Goodman Brown is very trusting in his wife, church, and community. He trusts that his wife is a good faith filled woman who will be a guide for him throughout the rest of his years. One example of Goodman's trust in his wife, Faith, is before he leaves for his journey he has doubts after Faith tells him she is "troubled with such dreams and such thoughts." He believes that when he returns, to his wife, from his journey he will be able to "cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven." This is evidence of his trust in Faith and their relationship. Goodman also has trust in his community and church before his journey. "We are people of prayer, and good works to boot, and abide no such wickedness." This quote illustrates that Brown trusts that he lives in a faithful and loyal community. Goodman Brown also believes that his church leaders are pure. "Oh, his voice would make me tremble both Sabbath day and lecture day." He utters these words in defense of his minister to the devil. .
Due to all of the trust he has in his wife, and church community he opens himself to being very vulnerable. Goodman shows his vulnerability when he tells the devil "My father never went into the woods on such an errand, nr his father before him." He believes that his father and grandfather were good men, and that they would never walk with the devil. However, the devil then explains to him all of the times he walked with Goodman's ancestors.