Analyze allusions to the "devilish Indian" in Young Goodman Brown

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The most apparent answer is that the "devilish Indian" links the early Americans' fear of both the Natives and the supposed evils of the forest.  The early Puritans linked the darkness and primitiveness to Satan.  It was said that men and women lured to the forest were also lured into Satan's power.  Therefore the Natives who lived in the forest, were seen as evil and impure.