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What connections do you see between Young Goodman Brown and the devil? What could this...

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valeria10 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2008 at 2:14 PM via web

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What connections do you see between Young Goodman Brown and the devil? What could this mean?

I need to find at least 3-5 supporting ideas, and explaining why.

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 15, 2008 at 2:32 PM (Answer #1)

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When Goodman Brown first meets the devil, the devil is said to look something like Goodman Brown. In fact, "they might have been taken for father and son". It seems as if the devil is trying to become very familiar with Brown. As they make their journey together, the devil even claims to have been friends with Brown's father and grandfather.He says, "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.”He also knows Brown's Sunday School teacher and points her out on the way to the meeting. The devil even points to Brown's minister as a friend of his. When they finally arrive at the meeting, Faith, Brown's wife is also there. thus the devil seems to be on friendly terms with everyone close to Brown. Thus, when Brown wakes up from his night in the forest, he is left forever unhappy. Not knowing whether his walk was a dream or reality, he never trusts anyone again and that must have been a really "devilish" existence.


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mcfox1948 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted November 22, 2012 at 7:10 PM (Answer #2)

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the devil is a facet of Young Goodman Brown, much in the way Faith and Goody Cloyse are. All the characters are simply a facet of YGB's personality.


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