Young Goodman Brown
An outstanding tale of witchcraft, the story concerns a young Puritan who ventures into the forest to meet with a stranger. It soon becomes clear that he is approaching a witches' Sabbath; he views with horror prominent members of his community participating in the ceremonies. Ultimately Brown is led to a flaming altar where he sees his wife, Faith. He cries out to her to "resist" and suddenly finds himself alone among the trees. He returns home but loses forever his faith in goodness or piety.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CJ82487 - LibraryThing
This story ended too quickly as most short stories do. Hawthorne transports his readers to Puritan times where the belief in witchcraft and devil-worshiping are real. He brings to life the feelings of ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AltheaAnn - LibraryThing
For the first half of this, I felt it was a rather plodding allegory: a young man bids adieu to his wife Faith and goes to meet The Devil in the woods. However, the conclusion really twists it around and makes this an excellent piece. Read full review