Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1835. The story is about a sissy Puritan who has a very black and white moral outlook on life, and while entertaining the idea of maybe doing just a little bit of evil for fun, finds out that all the people he's always looked up to as moral luminaries are actually really evil.


I own this story in a compilation book and have read it.


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  • I like how the Puritan is a crybaby, and how it turns out that pretty much everybody is a little evil after all.


  • The moral, don't be too much of a goody-goody or you'll waste your whole life being suspicious of others, is a nice suggestion, but it's so ham-fisted, it's annoying.
  • The Hark a Vagrant comic is way better.


  • The ending is a bit crazy. Why is everyone in the entire town a Satan worshiper? And what's with the disappearing act? Did Brown just have a nervous breakdown?


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