Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Young Goodman Brown." Nathaniel Hawthorne.

One-minute review: In the days of the Puritans, Young Goodman Brown sets out to participate in an evil deed, leaving his new wife at home. On the way, he is accompanied by the Devil who, in order to keep Young Goodman Brown from wavering in his evil purpose, shows him that all the people he thought were good and virtuous, are actually in the employ of the Devil. All is pious show.

However, much is suggested by the uncertain light and one doesn’t know if the visions and voices are real or conjured. In a heroic burst of courage, Young Goodman Brown warns his wife not to join the evil crowd. And all is swept away, leaving Young Goodman Brown alone in the forest. Instead of being rewarded for his courage, Young Goodman Brown lives a gloomy life, seeing evil in everyone.

Comment: The making of a Puritan? RayS.

Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing. Eds. Edgar V. Roberts and Henry E. Jacobs. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1989.

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