Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown

by Nathaniel Hawthorne


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The story begins at sunset in Salem, Massachusetts, as young Goodman Brown leaves Faith, his wife of three months, for an unknown errand in the forest. Faith pleads with her husband to stay with her but he insists the journey into the forest must be completed that night. In the forest he meets a man, dressed in a similar manner to himself and bearing a resemblance to himself. The man carries a black serpent-shaped staff.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617207136
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 04/29/2012
Pages: 22
Sales rank: 258,141
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

One of the greatest authors in American literature, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a novelist and short story writer born in Salem, Massachusetts. Hawthorne’s best-known books include The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter, works marked by a psychological depth and moral insight seldom equaled by other writers.

Date of Birth:

July 4, 1804

Date of Death:

May 19, 1864

Place of Birth:

Salem, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

Plymouth, New Hampshire


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, 1824

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Young Goodman Brown 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
HollyinNNV on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young Goodman Brown appeals to me on two levels. I both enjoy the story and the writing. Making a deal with the devil is a timeless story that crops up in many forms: story, opera, ballet, poem, and song. I enjoyed the fact that Hawthorne never came out and had the evil character say who he was, but it was still very obvious. I also thought Hawthorne was exceedingly clever in keeping Faith¿s reaction to resist the devil a mystery. Would the story have been as intriguing if we had known Faith¿s choice?While Hawthorne¿s story is filled with drama and tension, I find his style of writing exquisitely beautiful, yet not overdone. His treatment of the trees and the forest is varied and detailed. The serpentine cane is creepy and lifelike. But, I think Hawthorne¿s writing shines in his description of the sounds that Brown hears (and makes) in the woods. Rising and falling, moaning and shrieking, the sounds that precede and follow Brown are memorable!The story and writing style compliment each other in that Hawthorne does not present part of the story and then precede to lose my attention with gobs of description....and then story.....and then description.....yawn! I love the way he aptly describes as the story zips along. Neither the story nor the description seem to get in the way of each other.
doowatt34 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is only just the best-est spooky tale in the world. It starts off-ff so-oo slow then moves on to a crecendo ending that is unforgetable...I felt much sympathy for young goodman after he discovers his wife along with the town in which he lives are involved in a big secret. Imagine choosing not to get involved then choosing to live in the same place knowing what the people are and knowing what the people do....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a classic read by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It is a great short story centering around a meeting with the devil and the consequences. It has led the way for a number of modern tales inspiring those writers (including Stephen King) to do their own take on the subject. A short story thus a short read and very reader friendly. Will leave you thinking about the lifetime consequences of rubbing elbows with evil.
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AndrewGray More than 1 year ago
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Young Goodman Brown”, a curious young man makes good on a promise to meet with a mysterious stranger. In the city of Salem, where Goodman Brown lives, most of the people of the town follow a strong devotion to their religion of Christianity. Through out this story the author has made browns curiosity stronger. Even though Goodman Brown had decided to come into the forest and meet with the devil, he still is frightened and becomes unsure about the choices that he has made. Female purity is one of the major themes that Hawthorne has used to explain this story. The purity is the steadying force for Goodman Brown as he wonders whether to renounce his religion and join the devil. Hawthorne shows this from the beginning of the story when he leaves his wife Faith; Goodman Brown swears that after that one night he would forever be with his wife faith. Hawthorne does a great job at continuing this theme through out the story with the characters; Young Goodman Brown continued to hold on to that belief throughout his trials in the forest, he swore that as long as his wife Faith stayed holy, he would be able to resist himself from the devil. Many readers of this story could come to the assumption that all of the events happening to Youngman Brown may have just all been a dream. Hawthorne’s use of words through out the story allows the reader to decide whether or not these events were actually happening to Young Goodman Brown. After reading the story you learn that a humans curiosity can sometimes come between what is reality or not.