Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Story

Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Available in the public domain at: YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village; but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife. And Faith, as the wife

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7 comments on “Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne Story”

  1. A difficult story to understand at first but has a deep meaning. A complex and perplexing idea that accompany human being from the very beginning as reflected in the story of Adam and Eve and their temptation which lead to their exile from the Garden of Eden . Goodman Brown never became the same person he was at first after accompanying the evil.

    • You’ve made a pretty good point by drawing this analogy. Young Goodman Brown was tempted by the devil, and accordingly, overshadowed by him. He could never be the same person again. He became more and more cynical and negative little by little.

  2. Young Goodman Brown is an interesting allegory of fall of humanity and his susceptibility to temptations. Young Goodman, who could not be literally a good person, succumbed to temptations due to his uncontrolled curiosity, and technically, curiosity killed the cat. He became a changed person for the worse just because, technically, he did not have true faith. For this reason, we can argue that this mysterious short story makes a great allegory about hypocrisy.

  3. That was a deep story. Furthermore, it was hard to get the point at the first time reading.
    The theme of the story are disillusionment, guilt, and hypocrisy. And I believe that it’s true that everyone has a dark side because no one is perfect, and to avoid disappointment it’s better to accept the truth and focus on the good parts.

    • I agree with you on this point that Young Goodman Brown was confronted with his dark and sordid side in the forest in this allegorical story.

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