In "Young Goodman Brown," how does Goodman Brown react to his wife and others upon his return to Salem? Why? Is he justified in acting this way?

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Goodman Brown has become thoroughly disillusioned after witnessing the shocking sight of people he always thought were fine, upstanding pillars of the community engaging in a Satanic ritual. Everything he previously thought was true now appears to be nothing more than a sham, and so it's not surprising that he should be so bitter about it.

Whether he's justified in being this way is a different matter. One can certainly understand Brown's feeling the way he does towards people, including his wife, who he once thought to be good, God-fearing folk. But one could argue that he only has himself to...

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