killer9900how can you explain that Goody Cloyse and Deacon Gookin are part of the evil as well as some other people Goodman Brown knows and apparently they are good people?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hawthorne's point is that good people are still good people even they are tempted by evil things. It is our human nature that has this mix in each of us. No one is wholly perfect. The Devil says in his "sermon" to the crowd that "evil is the nature of mankind," but it isn't that black and white. If that was Hawthorne's point, then why is Goodman Brown, the one who REJECTED the offer of the devil, the only who is bitter and cynical in the end of the story? Brown is so disillusioned by the negative in people that he can no longer see any good in them.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
You make an interesting point. Goodman Brown is bitter because it often seems that the people who try the hardest to be on the straight and narrow are the ones who get the short end of the stick. We'd all like to believe that the evil go to Hell and the good go to Heaven, but on Earth we often see those who do bad things winning.
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