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The Jack of All Trades As nearly as could be discerned the second traveler was about fifty years old apparently in the same rank of life as Goodman Brown and bearing a considerable resemblance to him though perhaps more in expression than featuresHawthorne 1087 The story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a symbolic masterpiece The author uses the character The Dark Man to successfully symbolize the devil and his ways The Dark Man is manipulative powerful and tempting Even in todays society we all encounter The Dark Man The Dark Man is manipulative in many different circumstances that symbolize evil The first circumstance in which the Dark Man is manipulative is when he uses Goodman Browns grandfather to try to manipulate him to keep going down the path of evil The Dark Man states I have been as well aquatinted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans and thats no trifle to say I helped your grandfather the constable when he lashed the Quaker women so smartly through the streets of Salem and it was I that brought your father a pitch-pine knot kindled at my LaRue 2 own heart to set fire to an Indian village in king Philips war They were my good friends both and many a pleasant walk have we had along this path and returned merrily after midnight I would fain be friends with you for their sake Hawthorne 1087-1088 The other circumstance is when the traveler tries to manipulate Goodman Brown by telling him that everyone even the deacon at his church travels down the road of sin at night Hawthorne 1088 With all the Dark Mans manipulative statements it only shows the reader the true symbol of Christians facing evil The Dark Mans staff he carries around looks identical to a serpent obviously symbolizing his evil powers Goodman Brown states But the only thing about him that could be fixed apon
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