What does the author imply when he says that the staff assumed life in "Young Goodman Brown"?

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In Hawthorne's classic short story "Young Goodman Brown ," Goodman meets the devil in the forest as he is traveling to the Black Mass. The devil, who assumes the appearance of an older Goodman Brown, carries a black serpentine staff with him. The black staff resembles a large snake and seems to wriggle itself like a living serpent. When...

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