Young Goodman Brown | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Reginald Cook

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Young Goodman Brown.
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Critical Essay by Reginald Cook

SOURCE: “The Forest of Goodman Brown's Night: A Reading of Hawthorne's ‘Young Goodman Brown,’” in New England Quarterly, Vol. 43, No. 3, September, 1970, pp. 473-81.

In the following essay, Cook discusses ‘Young Goodman Brown’ in terms of Hawthorne's probing of the moral imagination, pointing out that Brown's motives are ambiguous, but that the results of his actions are “clear and frightening.”

“Thou wouldst not think how ill all's here about my heart …”

Hamlet v. 2, 220

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In a literary epoch when the dominant field of action was the frontier settlement, the forest, and the fort, Hawthorne focussed on the world of moral imagination. His “Young Goodman Brown” (1835) is a paradigm of this particular world...

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