How is "Young Goodman Brown" connected to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692?

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Both the story and the witchcraft trials are about the same subject, the purported practice of witchcraft among the Puritans. "Young Goodman Brown" centers around a young man who supposedly decides to sell his soul to the devil. He walks into the forest to meet the devil but when he reaches the meeting place in the forest where he will supposedly hand over his soul,he has serious doubts about his decision. The Salem Witchcraft Trials concerned the accusations of the practice of witchcraft that began with the local minister found a group of girls dancing in the forest. In the end, both the young man and the people of Salem were very conflicted about what happened.

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