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In Young Goodman Brown Hawthorne depicts the title character traveling away from the confines of his Salem village leaving Faith his aptly named wife behind in order to make an encounter with the other Upon entering the wilderness Browns fears get the better of him There may be a devilish Indian behind every tree said Goodman Brown to himself and he glanced fearfully behind him as he added what if the devil himself should be at my very elbow2187 Here the diction seamlessly casts the presence of Native Americans with the devil There is also a sense of anticipation within these words an assurance to himself that wild Indians and the devil are the other that he will soon be privy to see However in this parable of disillusionment Young Goodman Brown soon finds that the other the evil knowledge that he is both drawn to and fears belongs to his fellow townspeople to his wife His travels end with finding them communing with the Native Americans in seeming devil-worship But irreverently consorting with these grave reputable and pious peoplethere were men of dissolute lives and women of spotted fame wretches given over to all mean and filthy vice and suspected even of horrid crimesScattered also among their pale-faced enemies were the Indian priests or powwows who had often shared their native forest with more hideous incantation than any known to English witchcraft 2192-2193 Brown is unable to accept that sinners and devout people of his town are in the dark woods communing with one another when such a spectacle would never occur in the walls of Salem However there is a hierarchy to this villainy as he states that the Indian priests filled the native forest with more hideous incantations than any of his townspeople could muster Interestingly Hawthorne does not seem to side with Browns view of the Indians of the wilderness Though Brown thought the woods were filled with the
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