Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" Book Review by EssayGenius

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown"
Explores literary themes in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown".
# 112404 | 770 words | 0 sources | 2009 | CA
Published on Feb 23, 2009 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is an allegorical story, which takes place in Salem, an area historically associated with the supernatural and witchcraft. The author points out that Hawthorne uses the third person narration and a limited point of view, which allow the reader to acquire some insight into the protagonist's actions thereby encouraging and allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions on the true meanings and themes of the text. The paper relates the story especially about the Puritan's strict ideologies, which cause them to see evil where there is none.

From the Paper:

"There is also another ironic twist when Goodman Brown tells the traveler that his race has been that of "honest men and good Christians, since the days of the martyrs " and that he will be the first of the Browns to keep the path that he is now taking. The traveler remarks that he has in fact, been well acquainted with his family and helped Goodman Brown's grandfather when he "lashed the Quaker woman so smartly through the streets of Salem. " To the Puritans, what Goodman Brown's grandfather did was good, but in fact, his actions could be construed as either good or evil."

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