Young Goodman Brownby Nathaniel Hawthorne
The story takes place in 17th century Puritan New England. A common setting for Hawthorne's works and addresses the Calvinist-Puritan belief that humanity exists in a state of depravity exempting those who are born in a state of grace. See more details below
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The story takes place in 17th century Puritan New England. A common setting for Hawthorne's works and addresses the Calvinist-Puritan belief that humanity exists in a state of depravity exempting those who are born in a state of grace.
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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.