In "Young Goodman Brown," why do you think Brown goes into the forest on a journey which he knows is sinful? 

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"Young Goodman Brown" is often said by critics to be, among other themes, a comment on the strict religious culture of the early Puritans. In such a strict culture, the people/characters are faced with an irreconcilable opposition between goodness and evil. As such, those adhering to the radical religious codes and laws would react with outrage at anything remotely evil. This was the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials. And in the story, Brown himself reacts with similar outrage. In fact, after witnessing (as a dream or in reality) that evil exists among his pious townspeople, Brown decides that all is lost....

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