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The Evil That Men Do The story Young Goodman Brown is one that examines the true disposition of mankind In the story the devil declares that Evil is the nature of mankind However there are many other elements in the story that point to the authors belief in this statement From the moment Goodman Brown leaves his wife Faith and throughout the rest of the narrative we are shown that evil prevails in all people Our first look into the true character of man is when it is revealed that Goodman Brown is making a journey for an evil purpose Instead of staying at home with his new wife he opts to continue with his plans even though he knows they are wrong The fact that he knows what he is about to do is wrong is pointed out to us many times yet he still makes his way into the forest This is consistent with the belief that people are drawn towards evil Later in the story after he meets with the stranger we are told that the stranger knew his father and grandfather well and that he accompanied them as they carried out evil deeds What is significant about this information is that Goodman Brown believed himself to be the first of his family to stray from the Christian values he had been taught Through this we learn that even though we are taught what is right evil is what comes naturally to us or is even what is inherited from our ancestors The event in the story that fully shows that evil is part of the nature of the human race is the meeting of the witches and warlocks that was held in the forest The meeting is not of as much importance as is the people who are attending the meeting Goodman Brown recognizes many of the people he attends church with as well as the deacon and the pastor
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