Young Goodman Brown (Illustrated)by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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As one of America’s most famous writers and novelists, Nathaniel Hawthorne needs no formal introduction. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the… See more details below
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*Includes Table of Contents
As one of America’s most famous writers and novelists, Nathaniel Hawthorne needs no formal introduction. He worked at a Custom House and joined Brook Farm, a transcendentalist community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. The couple moved to The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, later moving to Salem, the Berkshires, then to The Wayside in Concord. The Scarlet Letter was published in 1850, followed by a succession of other novels. A political appointment took Hawthorne and family to Europe before their return to The Wayside in 1860. Hawthorne died on May 19, 1864, leaving behind his wife and their three children.
Much of Hawthorne's writing centers on New England, many works featuring moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. His fiction works are considered part of the Romantic movement and, more specifically, dark romanticism. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. Several of them are considered examples of the finest American literature.
This edition of Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of Hawthorne, his residences, and the House of 7 Gables.
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This a classic read by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is a great short story centering around a meeting with the devil and the consequences. It has led the way for a number of modern tales inspiring those writers (including Stephen King) to do their own take on the subject. A short story thus a short read and very reader friendly. Will leave you thinking about the lifetime consequences of rubbing elbows with evil.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”, a curious young man makes good on a promise to meet with a mysterious stranger. In the city of Salem, where Goodman Brown lives, most of the people of the town follow a strong devotion to their religion of Christianity. Through out this story the author has made browns curiosity stronger. Even though Goodman Brown had decided to come into the forest and meet with the devil, he still is frightened and becomes unsure about the choices that he has made. Female purity is one of the major themes that Hawthorne has used to explain this story. The purity is the steadying force for Goodman Brown as he wonders whether to renounce his religion and join the devil. Hawthorne shows this from the beginning of the story when he leaves his wife Faith; Goodman Brown swears that after that one night he would forever be with his wife faith. Hawthorne does a great job at continuing this theme through out the story with the characters; Young Goodman Brown continued to hold on to that belief throughout his trials in the forest, he swore that as long as his wife Faith stayed holy, he would be able to resist himself from the devil. Many readers of this story could come to the assumption that all of the events happening to Youngman Brown may have just all been a dream. Hawthorne’s use of words through out the story allows the reader to decide whether or not these events were actually happening to Young Goodman Brown. After reading the story you learn that a humans curiosity can sometimes come between what is reality or not.