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Plot in Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown


"I have been as well acquainted with your family as with ever a one among the Puritans;..."   (Young Goodman Brown)

This man, identified as the devil, seeks to manipulate Goodman Brown by claiming he knows Brown’s family well. If Goodman Brown believes that his family have always been good Puritans, then the revelation that they have all made deals with the devil undermines what Goodman Brown has thought to be true much of his life. Since Goodman Brown looks to others for spiritual guidance rather than evaluate behavior for himself, this manipulation begins to work, corrupting his prior certainties.

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