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.

Personal

Own?Compilation.
Read?Compilation.
Finished2016-06-02.

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.

Review

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Good

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

Bad

  • 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.

Ugly

  • 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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