What does Goodman Brown's pursuit of sin in "Young Goodman Brown" have in common with Alymer's quest for perfection in "The Birthmark"? How do these pursuits reveal the characters' personalities and...

What does Goodman Brown's pursuit of sin in "Young Goodman Brown" have in common with Alymer's quest for perfection in "The Birthmark"? How do these pursuits reveal the characters' personalities and shed light on the theme of each story?

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You may be hard pressed to prove that young Goodman Brown is in "pursuit of sin" since his aversion of it is what causes him to become a "stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not a desperate man."

Yet the single-mindedness both he and Aylmer share can in one sense be compared. Brown was a carefree, happy man until the unfortunate night he...

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