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Nathaniel Hawthorne does a great job of giving his readers an understanding of the Puritans and Original Sin in his short story Young Goodman Brown The story takes place in a Massachusetts town called Salem Village The main character and protagonist is a man called Goodman Brown He is changed in the story by the people of Salem He is happily married to a young woman named Faith Goodman Brown is about to take a journey through the woods with a mysterious elder man Before leaving Faith begs him to stay because she has bad feelings about his trip He refuses and continues on to his journey The man he walks with carries a black staff that looks like a serpent Goodman tells the man that he also has a bad feeling about this trip and the man tells him he had explored this road many times with his father and grandfather The elder man also tells Goodman shocking stories about them that he had never heard On their way they met up with a woman who Goodman claimed was his catechism teacher The elder man gave the woman his staff and she seemed to disappear Shortly after that the minister and deacon passed by the walkers on horseback Goodman couldnt take this anymore He was almost ready to turn back when he heard a tune not far ahead It was the same tune played by the choir at the meeting house He decided to proceed closer when he saw a bright red light on a rock It almost looked as if the rock was on fire By now he was there and so was everyone else He recognized every face he saw and he could not believe it There was dark figure preaching to the crowd He was calling them his children Then a voice called out Bring forth the converts A woman proceeded forward and he knew who it was immediately He cried
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