In "Young Goodman Brown," find a quote that illustrates his response to evil.

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Young Goodman Brown responds to evil in a variety of different ways in this excellent allegorical short story. One of my favourite quotes is when he tries to show defiance in the face of evil. When he is surrounded by darkness and "frightful sounds" in the forest, he responds by trying to laugh at the evil that threatens to overwhelm him:

Let us hear which will laugh loudest! Think not to frighten me with your deviltry. Come witch, come wizard, come Indian powwow, come devil himself, and here comes Goodman Brown. You may as well fear him as he fear you.

What is ironic about this quote is that Goodman Brown clearly tries to present himself as being undeterred by the evidence of evil around him. He tries to show that he is resolute in the face of evil and that he will not buckle or bend. However, by the end of his nighttime wandering, he is forced to concede that evil is a force that does exist in the world and that nobody is beyond it, even his wife, Faith.

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