Young Goodman Brown Essay

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Connolly is an educator, editor, and critic. In the following essay, he calls "Young Goodman Brown" "an individual tragedy," because while Goodman Brown retains his faith in God, he is still condemned by the imperfections of Calvinism.

It is surprising, in a way, to discover how few of the many critics who have discussed "Young Goodman Brown" agree on any aspect of the work except that it is an excellent short story. D. M. McKeithan says that its theme is "sin and its blighting effects." Richard H. Fogle observes, "Hawthorne the artist refuses to limit himself to a single and doctrinaire conclusion, proceeding instead by indirection," implying, presumably, that it is inartistic to say something which can be clearly understood by the readers. Gordon and Tate assert, "Hawthorne is dealing with his favorite theme: the unhappiness which the human heart suffers as a result of its innate depravity...

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