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As the piece begins the reader sympathizes with young Goodman Brown He seems to be a god-fearing respectable husband with a sweet young wife with pink ribbons1236 in her cap However this peace and serenity is disturbed when Faith ominously says A lone woman is troubled with such dreams and such thoughts that shes afeard of herself sometimes Pray tarry with me this night dear husband of all nights in the year 1236 This fearfully exclaimed sentence foreshadows the plot and sets the mood as well This effective foreshadowing puts the reader in a suspenseful and apprehensive mood because the reader knows that young Goodman Brown will have upcoming trials and tribulations As young Goodman Brown enters the forest Hawthorne describes the road he takes as darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest which barely stood aside to let the narrow path creep through and closed immediately behind1236 This imagery serves as an imaginary aid as well as a foreshadowing With the description the reader pictures a forest filled with danger and evil that young Goodman must face His decision to enter the forest and leave his Faith behind is the first decision of many between good and evil that he must make After entering the forest he meets a traveler whom he later finds out is the devil He is carrying a staff representing evil which bore the likeness of a great black snake so curiously wrought that it might almost be seen to twist and wriggle itself like a living serpent 1237 This description of the staff is very interesting and effective because it shows just how evil this traveler is The staff the traveler carries represents such evil that it actually takes on the likeness of a serpent As young Goodman Brown continues on his journey through the forest he hold tight to his ideals and the thought of Faith kept him on his path When faced with temptation he
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