Young Goodman Brown | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Terence Martin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 10 pages of analysis & critique of Young Goodman Brown.
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Critical Essay by Terence Martin

SOURCE: "Six Tales: 'Young Goodman Brown'," in Nathaniel Hawthorne, revised edition, Twayne Publishers, 1983, pp. 81-7.

In the following excerpt, Martin focuses on Goodman Brown's incomplete but cataclysmic initiation into evil

To judge from the title, wrote Herman Melville in his review of Mosses from an Old Manse, one would suppose that "Young Goodman Brown" was "a simple little tale, intended as a supplement to 'Goody Two-Shoes.' Whereas it is as deep as Dante." Readers since Melville's time have agreed that "Young Goodman Brown" is one of Hawthorne's most profound tales. In the manner of its concern with guilt and evil, it exemplifies what Melville called the "power of blackness" in Hawthorne's work. The thrust of the narrative is to move...

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