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Comp II Nathaniel Hawthorne an American novelist, whose works are deeply concerned with the struggles between good and evil and the ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement. These struggles are shown throughout all of his writings. But the two that stick out are "Young Goodman Brown" and " The Birthmark" in both short stories the theme of good and evil are shown and ethical problems of sin, punishment, and atonement is demonstrated.

In the short story "Young Goodman Brown" the main character Goodman Brown struggles with the temptations of evil and the church abiding life. The story "Young Goodman Brown" is about a man and his wife, and the community they live in. Goodman Brown must go into the local forest and refuse the temptations of the devil and return to the village before sunrise. This classic internal struggle between good and evil can be related the biblical story "Adam and Eve" when Adam had made a decision either eat the apple or not to eat the apple.

In the end the evil in Adam's heart took over and he took a bite out of the same thing with Goodman Brown when evil convince him that everybody in the town was evil and in the end him himself became evil. When Goodman comes back he thinks he is better than the rest and judges everyone instantly. He lives the rest of life without trusting no one and believing that he is the only one that is not a devil worshipper. He tries to atone for sins through isolation however he leads him to live an isolated life.

In the short story "The Birthmark" the main characters Alymer and Georgiana struggle with good and evil also. But in a different way...