We can not save anyone, but only pray for the best possible outcome and to try not to stray. He meets up with a traveling companion who is an elderly reflection. Even with a clear understanding of the Puritan attitude, the reader is left with the dilemma that seems to impose the idea, that faith in God alone is but a dogma in the absence of faith in and an understanding of humanity.
Critics also debate interpretations of the main character's consciousness; is Brown awake or dreaming. Works Cited Bain, Carl E. In this story the mode or point of view by which the author presents the characters, dialogue, actions, etc This torments his perception of practically everything.
Where this agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of whether Hawthorne is implying that man is inherently evil. Thus, the reader can assume that one trait of Puritan Society is a lack of tolerance for forgiveness.
When Brown meets the devil he apologizes for being late. A prime example of another questionable description is when Brown first meets his traveling companion. His journey leads him along a dark avenue into the woods.