Young Goodman Brown and Other Short Stories
Dr Heidegger's Experiment
Young Goodman Brown
Roger Malvin's Burial
The Artist of the Beautiful
My Kinsman, Major Molyneaux
When first reading this for my gothic lit. class I was not at all enjoying it. It felt hard to read, and I wasn't understanding everything that was going on. However, after delving deeper into the meanings behind the story and analyzing it, I was able to enjoy it and appreciate it more. I think it is an interesting tale of good versus evil and understanding that no human is purely good. I would definitely recommend researching the meaning behind the story before r ...more
They really need to be read, mulled over, and re-read. Then they are awesome as you realize some of the nuances and some of what he is really trying to say.
... and then they become AWESOME - like "Oh Wow! That's what he was getting at!" awesome.
Dr. Heidegger's Experiment - 4 Stars - What would people really be like if they could ...more
I loved how this story alluded to the story of Genesis (Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden) and the beautiful words the author used throughout the story.
Spoilers. Lots of spoilers.
The names are our first look into Hawthorne's masterful use of the elements in this short story. They are symbolic, Goodman Brown, Goody Cloyse, Faith (double meaning). The village name, Salem, is symbolic as well (the Salem witch trials, heresy, etc.) When Goodman Brown believes that Faith is involved in the ceremony, he is questioning his faith, both his wife and his beliefs. Faith can be in regards to his religion, his wife, and/or his wife’s devotion (to him/rel...more
Just after reading the first page, I was immediately curious as to what in the world Goodman Brown really thought he was doing in the forest with that strange guy. It was obviously nothing good and he ...more
The first three stories are not overly long, and I found them to be engaging both in idea and execution. ...more
If you take this and Hawthorne's other stories the wrong way, they can be pretty disturbing. If you take them the right way, they are still pretty of disturbing (or at least unsettling). His main theme ...more
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 ...more