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Good And Evil In The Misfit In Flannery O Connor's Young Goodman Brown

Good and evil are two entities universally present throughout all stories and lives. Both have been subject of numerous discussions; many of which inquiring as to why they exist and to what purpose they serve. In Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story Young Goodman Brown, Brown embarks on a journey into himself and all humankind. What he discovers is life altering as it deconstructs all he has ever known. He is no longer capable of looking at the world in a hopeful manner and becomes distraught contrary to The Misfit in Flannery O 'connor 's short story A Good Man Is Hard to Find who accepts a painful truth. This painful truth entails that humankind is inherently evil and no person is exempt from containing darkness within them.
Young Goodman Brown leaves with an intention entirely contrasting that of what actually occurs. His initial goal is to strengthen his relationship with his wife Faith. This is made apparent when he states that even though his wife might not approve of what is about to transpire, afterwards he will "cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven"(Hawthorne 1133). While Brown may suggest this in a literal way, it is obvious that she is metaphorical to his actual faith
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Unlike Brown 's ever present gloom after his realization, O 'Connor 's character, The Misfit, embraces it. He admits that he "ain 't a good man" (O 'Connor 1293). Comparatively, The Misfit is also motivated by curiosity much like Brown. He states," My daddy said I was a different breed of do from my brothers and sisters...it 's some that can live their whole life out without asking about it and it 's others has to know why it is, and this boy is one of the latters" (O 'Connor 1293). He had to understand the evil of mankind and was unable to live in ignorance to the truth that all mankind was inherently evil. Thus, leading him to accept the evil of
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