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Young Goodman Brown is definitely a round character. Beginning as a seemingly good husband with a high estimate of the local minister (paragraph 21), his change into a foreboding, gloomy spirit marks a total alteration of character—for the worse, of course. There is a Chinese proverb which says that there are three kinds of truth: my truth, your truth, and the truth. Goodman Brown is an “everyman” symbol because he accepts only his own truth, and it is this belief that produces his suspicion and lifelong distrust of those who have their own truth or of “the truth.” Where else, one might ask, does human hostility and combativeness begin?

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Young Goodman Brown

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