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Sosa 2 her self-conscious” (Oates 384). Arnold cleverly temps Connie knowing her superficial attitude will work against her. Although the evil force in the two stories both temps their protagonist to a common fate, they do so in a different way. Hawthorne and Oates both have similar characterization. The protagonists are described as young, naive, and self-absorbed. They also both separate themselves from their loved ones. Brown leaves his wife to run an “errand” and Connie refuses to go with her parents to the barbecue. This separation is crucial because it enables them to meet with the devil. These characters both experience some regret and uncertainty when they meet the devil. As Winslow states, “Connie hesitates, half inside and half outside the screen door...Brown vacillates between a refusal to continue on and an almost unconscious progress deeper into the forest” (4). This shows how both characters share the same feelings of doubt. Although they both share similar feelings, one was given the option to turn back, while the other was not fortunate enough. Arnold and the stranger both represent the devil and the evil force of temptation. Knowing everything that needs to be known to tempt their victims, they do, however, operate differently. The stranger works alone unlike Arnold, who has help from a friend. Another difference is that Arnold uses music while the stranger uses religion to tempt them. The use of music sets a common ground between Connie and Arnold, which helps put down her guard. On
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