Identify the protagonist and the antagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "Young Goodman Brown."      

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While we may easily identify Young Goodman Brown as the protagonist in "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, it may be less obvious as to who the antagonist is.

By definition, a protagonist is a character around which the story revolves—who the story is mainly about. Hawthorne's tale is about Brown's journey into the forest one evening on an "errand."

The antagonist has to do with the story's conflict (though there may be more than one conflict), and is seen as the character "or force" that opposes the protagonist. In reading the story, one might first believe that the antagonist in the story is the old man who represents the Devil. His appearance frightens Brown, though the text notes that he is not surprised to see the "man" there.

“You are late, Goodman Brown,” said he. “The clock of the Old South was striking as I came through Boston, and that...

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