In "Young Goodman Brown," Satan says “Evil is the nature of mankind.” How is this true?

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This statement from "Young Goodman Brown" is Satan's voicing of the Calvinistic tenet of the depravity of man. Puritans believed, as did the Calvinists, in the Divine predestination for the elect; all others were evil and damned.  Since Goodman Brown counts himself among this elect, he rejects any other idea and concludes that this evil/depravity is  in the others, rather than in himself.

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Well, the idea of mankind being basically evil is based out of communities who are led by a spiritual leader, such as it happens in Young Goodman Brown, and their need to consistently remind themselves to follow the righteous path. This is so that their souls, which are stained by the original sin of Adam and Eve, do not follow a tendency to fall into temptation. In the story this is evident in that Goodman Brown falls very quickly under the spells of the forest. It took almost no time from the time Brown leaves his wife, aptly named "Faith", and the end of his path, where he...

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