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Evil Morally reprehensible acts according to Websters Dictionary Evil It is a characteristic that is endowed only to man here on Earth for only man is intelligent enough to make decisions and know of their consequences This however is where a question lays why does man commit evil if he knows of its consequences Many authors works are bound by similarities of the same wrestling with this question According to Mark Twains depiction of evil through the protagonist named story of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn it appears to be a conscious decision made he who commits the act When Huck debates whether or not to turn in Jim it is shown that Huck makes the choice to do what he felt was evil and not turn him in Even though Huck knew his choice to be the one of evil he simply shrugged it off with Ill just go to hell then and never gave it anther thought This is an approach to evil seen more often today than in the milieu of the story the pre-Civil War south However in Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown evil is dealt with in the manner of Seventeenth Century Salem Massachusetts by any standard a much more restrictive society the mid-1800s of Twain let alone today The same conscious decision is made by Goodman Brown and both Brown and Huck seem to be compelled by the lures of the evil Huck would not abandon Jim and Goodman Brown felt compelled to take the walk in the forest Both are disillusioned to the promises of faith and church as well though in Hawthornes story this abandonment is not until after evil is welcomed by Brown Dealings with evil and its effects of those who are exposed to it in literature tend to be a coming to a realization about something if not about the evil itself An aspect or
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