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the other hand, the stranger uses “Brown’s complacent faith in saintly ancestors and angelic wives...makes him an inviting target for the devils’ satire” (Williamson 7). This shows how different these antagonists used their knowledge to deceive and manipulate Connie and Brown. Another difference is how the stranger gives Brown the option to turn back, while Arnold basically forces Connie to leave with him. Arnold threatens Connie by saying “you don’t want
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Sosa 3 them to get hurt” (384), referring to her parents. This potential use of violence is a key difference between them. The use of setting is another literary device that affects the way the story is told. Brown goes to meet the devil in the forest at night, while Connie is faced at her home during daylight. Although Brown is placed in a forest, one can expect nothing good to come out of the situation. As for Connie’s experience, it is more shocking due to fact that it happened in plain sight. This difference in setting shows how the devil has no boundaries and its ability to adapt. Oates leaves the ending quite ambiguous. She ends the story without the knowing if Connie lives or dies. Unlike Hawthorne’s story, the ending shows us how Brown was affected. Although the endings seem different, they both leave their protagonist at loss. By the end, Connie and Brown both lose their innocence. As Connie “watched herself push the door slowly open as she were back safe somewhere in the other doorway…”(Oates 384) shows how she’s helpless. She’s completely under the rule of the devil and she can not do anything but watch herself go. In Brown’s ending, he finishes his life without faith. He became “a stern, a sad, a darkly meditative...if not a desperate man did he become form the night of that fearful dream”
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