In the story, Young Goodman Brown, the character, Goodman Brown changes throughout the story. In the beginning he was a kind man, loving husband with nothing holding him down, not even the warnings of his wife, Faith. As he walked and talked with the Devil, he became more aware of what had happened in the past with his own family. When he saw the Devil talk with Goody Cloyse on the path in the woods, he figured out by the nature of their conversation that the Devil was more mischievous than he thought. He started to have uncertainties about the errand he was on. At that point, Goodman Brown told the devil he was not going another step. Shortly after the Devil left him in the path, Brown found a ribbon on a branch of a tree and at once noticed that it belonged to his Faith. Then he could hear her cries, and he just knew she was dead. With that, he gave in becoming a coward. He called out to the Devil, accepting all his evilness that was offered. However, when Goodman Brown saw his Faith willing to accept the Devils offerings, he yelled out to her, to look to the heavens and not to accept what the Devil offered. In that moment he came back as a loving and caring husband again. Faith had brought him back from the Devil just as she had delivered him. When he awoke, he was confused and paranoid at what he saw, the good old minister was getting his sermon ready and Old Deacon Goodkin was in worship. To see Goody Cloyse chastising a child broke him, so he grabbed the child to keep the child safe from the evilness the woman could put in her. Still not able to shake the paranoia, as he went around the next corner he saw his wife was so joyful, but then he looked away and walked right by her wondering if he had dreamed w...
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In the Puritan times, the people of Salem were suspicious of witches and witchcraft; they would even have witch trials. Placing this story in that time period is perfect to go along with this superstitious story. Trying to set this story in a different time or place would be very difficult. In this day and age, most know better than to believe stories like this one. If it were set in the twenty-first century, Goodman Brown would just be Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown would be in a lot of therapy, and he would probably be prescribed some pills for the stories he would be telling his doctors and therapist about a meeting in the woods. Gatherings in the woods would not be convenient enough for many, so that would probably change into some kind of church. Other than that, the reader thinks it was placed in the best setting possible for this plot.
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