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In Puritan Massachusetts the key word was suspicion In order to be accepted by the community you had to be a member of the elect destined for a spot in the eternity of heaven In order to be member of this elite group of selected individuals you had to be free of sin and evil It goes without saying that you could never be caught conjuring the devil as is illustrated by the horrors of the infamous Salem witch trials In Young Goodman Brown and Rappacinis Daughter Nathaniel Hawthorne portrays two different ways of soliciting or being solicited by the devil The final scenes in both of these stories although similar in nature are actually conflicting in essence and show the two adverse ways in which people and evil can become one In Young Goodman Brown the protagonist Goodman Brown goes off on a typical search for the devil The devil is associated with darkness and terror a creature only to be sought after while enveloped in the darkness of the night As Goodman Brown himself replies to Faiths longing for him to wait until morning to embark on his journey My journey needst be done twixt now and sunrise 611 Goodman Brown knows exactly what he is going to look for he is searching for evil He goes to the forest to do his deed and he had taken a dreary road darkened by all the gloomiest trees of the forest to get there611 Goodman Brown is willingly seeking the devil and Hawthorne is throwing in all the stereotypes This entire search for the devil is portrayed as being very ugly What then is pretty In Young Goodman Brown beauty equals inherent goodness or Faith Young Goodman Brown separates from this righteousness for evil From the beginning he was leaving at least for the time being Faith behind And Faith as the wife was aptly named thrust her own pretty head into the
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