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Young Goodman Brown

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  8,118 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews
Hawthorne's classic tale of a young Puritan's meeting with the Devil.
Paperback, 143 pages
Published January 28th 1968 by Merrill Pub Co (first published 1835)
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Paul Williams
Apr 27, 2012 Paul Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, american, gothic
This is, in my opinion, one of the single greatest short stories ever written. The narrative is so tightly woven, the dialogue genius and subtle, and the prose are extremely sharp. While much criticism tries to explain the allegory as a man's venture into the realm of the sexual, I think that the story is much more universal. For one thing, there's very little to indicate that Goodman Brown's journey is specifically sexual (Freudians will disagree, but I remain unconvinced), and I feel that Hawt ...more
Jun 10, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a wonderfully (and eerily) subversive story of a man who sees what lies behind the virtuous facade.
Oct 01, 2011 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story begins with a sense of menace – fear on Faith’s part, mission and deception on Goodman’s, with the admission that his intent is evil. How common is the promise often made to ourselves that this one sin will be our last and that hereafter we will remain on the narrow path of goodness.

The forest in this tale can be seen as the uncivilized, darkness, the unconscious part of the mind, the socially unacceptable. Native Americans are seen as denizens of this region. Goodman soon meets a figu
Ahmad Sharabiani
Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne
عنوان: براون، یک مرد خوب و جوان؛ نویسنده: ناتانیل هاثورن؛ مترجم: شیوا نورپناه؛ تهران، حفیظ، 1379، در 22 ص؛ شابک: 9649302220؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 19 م

ناتانیل هاثورن، در این داستان روحیه حاکم بر آمریکای قرن هفده را به تصویر کشیده
Tom Mathews
The events that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 have echoed down the years like few others in our history. It's impact can be seen even four generations later in Nathaniel Hawthorne's scathing indictment of society in a village ironically named after the Hebrew word for peace. Hawthorne, a great, great grandson of a judge from the witch trials, uses this spooky tale of a midnight gathering to condemn those who used a facade of piety and righteousness to condemn others for the most veni ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
Young Goodman Brown, surrounded by good, goes into the forest one night and, in the darkness which illuminated the good that he knew all his life, suddenly saw that virtue is but a dream and that even Faith, his wife with pink ribbons in her hair, has wickedness dwelling in her heart.

Disillusioned, young Goodman Brown dies old, scowling.
Chitra Divakaruni
May 16, 2012 Chitra Divakaruni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: influences
A beautifully structured short story with deep mythic undertones and a mystery at its heart. Amazing use of symbols, and an unexpected lesson at the end. I love what Hawthorne does here with setting--the world of daylight and the village, pitted against the world of the night forest. I love teaching this story, and I've learned a lot from it myself.
Maryam Rajee
Aug 12, 2015 Maryam Rajee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories
The allegory represents a man losing his faith and beliefs emphasizing the depravity of human nature.
Bri Zabriskie
Apr 29, 2011 Bri Zabriskie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this story (though only after many readings and discussions on it, at first I was totally creeped out by it). Here's some analysis of the setting I did for a class recently:

Where does the story take place? What time period?

The story starts out in Salem village, Massachusetts during the time when the Puritans populated the small colony. From there our protagonist takes a “dreary road” into the nearby forest, landing him in the deep in heart of the “haunted forest;” to him, a dark and dang
Tracy Reilly
Jul 25, 2015 Tracy Reilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I've read this enough times that I think I can do an actual review. I know people are always arguing over the GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL--or at least they used to. So, I would like to submit this story as THE Great American Short Story.

To me, it's plainly, simply, iconic. It doesn't just represent American culture: the ideas go even deeper to the unconscious soul of the human race. It just happens to be set in America, and in its embryonic state---that's what makes it such a great choice as a r
Sep 27, 2010 Ciera rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started Young Goodman Brown thinking that it couldn’t possibly be creepier than Edgar Allan Poe (to which my siblings say something like, “Poe? From Kung Fu Panda?!”) Though I still think that Poe is the king of horror, Hawthorne quite surprised me with his ability to freak me out! When it started off in Salem, I was sort of like, “Really? Again? Man, this guy is obsessed.” I was probably expecting an Introduction to the Scarlet Letter repeat - now that was horrifying. But this? This was
Feb 03, 2017 Jessie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scary. Obvious. Still scary. Like Rosemary's Baby. It was all a dream, or was it?
Want to read some analysis on this story. Hawthorne is FIERCELY CONDEMNING. In a #resist fashion.
John Martindale
It seems that Young Goodman Brown, giving in to an unspecified temptation, follows the devil into a dark forest of sin, where he sees (later we learn it was a dream) that everyone in Salam, even the most pious old women, his virtuous wife Faith and even the pastor of the church, are all themselves there in the forest, consorting with the devil and witchcraft and heading to partake in some Satanic baptism. This results in Brown loosing faith, and embracing the dark side which obviously the true w ...more
Dec 06, 2014 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am listening to "The Great Courses," "Masterpieces of Short Fiction," and "Young Goodman Brown" is first. Michael Krasny's explication is fascinating and deep.
I think Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a parable about understanding the belief system in which one lives, understanding how it creates the monsters it battles so that on a daily basis, one trapped in it sees everyone as fallen short, already taken by the monster.
Yet I don't think Hawthorne reached outside the system that he saw and understoo
Jul 27, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite short stories of all time! I really hated The Scarlet Letter, and when I read this short story for the first time, I thought "oh great, a mini version of TSL" However, I was totally surprised and taken by Young Goodman Brown. This story is so creepy but awesome. I think the symbolism in the story is obvious, but I think that's what makes the story so great. I would totally recommend this to all short story lovers and for anyone who is as interested in symbolism as I am ...more
Well, that what will happen if we just surrender to our weakness. Yes, we are weak but that doesn't mean to stay the way we are and give up to our ego and the devil.

A read for Uni late at night.. great but I did not feel the horror in there.
A man walked out into the woods one night and imagined that he went straight to hell.
Lnaz Izd
"they carved no hopeful verse upon his tombstone, for his dying our was gloom."
Maryam Samiei
May 01, 2017 Maryam Samiei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When one's faith is lost then even a forest full of happiness and joy can not outdo the melancholy rooted deep in the heart.
Hawthorne as a child of a rigid puritan family was well wary of the double dealing nature of puritans around him.
Well, actually I don't really knew Nathaniel Hawthorne's works before nor his actual biography or such, so I can't decide wether this story was a real sad story about a man loosing his faith or a contemptuous mock to hypocrisy of the puritan people. But in any way, I think it was a gloomy unhappy story.

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Al Maki
Nov 09, 2015 Al Maki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: story
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Aug 13, 2015 Logan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, religion
Hawthorne is a favorite of English literature instructors. His prose is one that could be described as "writerly," that is to say he exercised a lot of those techniques you heard about in lit class. His prose is dripping with symbolism, his words thick with metaphor. For that, he's a useful tool for describing these techniques. However, the most important thing in a story is the story itself. For that, Hawthorne does not excel. You can have all the imagery, themes, and metaphors you want, if the ...more
Aug 18, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this short story, I had never read anything written by Hawthorne (nope, my school didn't make us read the big red A). But I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed Young Goodman Brown. The writing is fantastic and the idea of it was more interesting than I expected. Midnight jaunt with the devil...I would have liked to have known why he was out there though. There were some questions I would have loved answered, but I'll take what I got very happily, a quick easy read that was qu ...more
Sep 05, 2009 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never cease to be intrigued by this story. It is only about 10 pages long, so it certainly takes no time at all to read, but it definitely gives you plenty to think about and mull over when you are done. I would love to read this in a group setting and discuss it!

Hawthorne touches on themes of good, evil, hypocrisy, what really makes us pure, and does evil come from within or without. A delightful morsel that will have you ruminating for days.
Tiffani Erickson
Jan 27, 2012 Tiffani Erickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this and The Minister's Black Veil in my American Literature class and I really enjoyed both. His works are interesting and great for discussion. It's almost as if I wish he would explain more, but that's the point he usually makes, is to create an event that is an analogy meant for discussion.
Sep 01, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King recommended. King said his short story "The Man in a Black Suit" from his short-story collection Everything's Eventual: 14 Dark Tales was an homage to Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown."
Julie Davis
Jan 03, 2013 Julie Davis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In which we are transported to 17th century Salem village for an encounter with Puritans, witch-meetings and pink ribbons. Hear it at Forgotten Classics.
Samuel Castro
Un claro ejemplo de la doble moral en la sociedad.
Oct 23, 2016 Baetool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it a lot even though at times I couldn't really understand what was happening.
Andrew R. Keating
Mar 30, 2013 Andrew R. Keating rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
The Holy Bible, which was probably the most important text to the Puritans, declares that a woman is “saved through childbearing–if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety” (1 Timothy 9-15). Nathaniel Hawthorne, a nineteenth century romantic writer, explored the theme of salvation by faith in his short story, “Young Goodman Brown.” The story contains literary elements, such as symbol and personification that help to elucidate the process of faith and its subsequent process of s ...more
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Nathaniel Hawthorne was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.

Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. Hawthorne anonymously published his first work, a novel titled Fanshawe, in 1828. In 1837, he published Twice-Told T
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“Depending upon one another's hearts, ye had still hoped that virtue were not all a dream. Now are ye undeceived. Evil is the nature of mankind.” 20 likes
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