Young Goodman Brown | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Paul J. Hurley

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Young Goodman Brown.
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Critical Essay by Paul J. Hurley

SOURCE: "Young Goodman Brown's 'Heart of Darkness'," in American Literature, Vol. XXXVII, No. 4, January, 1966, pp. 410-19.

In this essay, Hurley discusses Goodman Brown's forest encounter with the Devil as the product of his diseased mind.

The critical controversy which has centered on Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown" seems to have reached an impasse. Critics have usually seen the story as an allegory embodying Hawthorne's suspicions about man's depravity. This interpretation implies that the Devil's words to Goodman Brown—"Evil is the nature of mankind. Evil must be your only happiness."—echo Hawthorne's own attitude. R. H. Fogle, for instance, writes [in Hawthorne's Fiction: The Light and the Dark, 1952], "Goodman Brown, a simple and pious nature...

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