Young Goodman Brown

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Young Goodman Brown

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Ebook - Canada.

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Published 1835-??-??
Type Fiction, Short story
Genre Drama
Themes Drama
Age Group Adult

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 Satanists. This book is in the public domain.



I got this book in an anthology of American literature and read it to increase my understanding of the genre. I didn't find it all that great.




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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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