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If there is one thing to learn from Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown then it would have to be that there is a little bit of evil in every aspect of life In the short story Goodman Brown leaves his wife Faith who is aptly named behind to go on a journey into the forest to meet with the devil 102 Along his journey he comes across several members of his town and family He also witnesses these people taking part in an evil worship service His symbolic journey into the realm of evil the forest opens his eyes to the evil that inherits his family and close friends and leads to Young Goodman Brown to a loss of innocence He comes to the conclusion that there is no containing evil and that evil is apparent in all society The first of the allegorical evils was an encounter with Satan in the evil forest Soon after getting into the forest Goodman Brown spots a figure in the mist ahead The figure was the purpose of his journey into the forest He the figure was an older man which resembled Goodman Brown The most discerning aspect of this traveler was his staff which bore the likeness of a great black snake103 The travelers staff seems to symbolize the evilness of its keeper Goodman Brown tries to stop his journey into the woods but he is persuaded by evil to keep on going Satan now starts to introduce the evil that is apparent in his family by talking about his father and grandfather and the things they did in the past Goodman Brown is surprised at the tales that he is hearing He does not want to believe that his relatives are not the good Puritans family he has always known them as Goodman Brown gets is first exposed to the evil in his family that he had never known Next Goodman Brown is
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