A short review of "Young Goodman Brown" and "A clean Well-lighted Place"

Essay by Trusk1883College, UndergraduateA+, April 2002

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Young Goodman Brown

Goodman Brown loves his wife very much. He is about to embark on a journey, which he has no clue what is in store for him. Faith tried to get him to stay, but he was intent on going. As the story continues he begins to realize what he had left behind. And the only thing that matters to him is his wife that he loves. As the journey continues he finds out that he didn't want to be out there in the woods, he wanted to be with his wife. The longer he is there, the more he wants to be home in his warm bed. The picture painted in this story is a dark and gloomy picture and his only hope is to keep thinking of his wife because that is all he has to live for.

A Clean, Well Lighted Place

There were no names mentioned in this story.

The writer describes the characters as the old waiter, the waiter who has the wife, and the old man. He gave a clear picture that in order to run the business successfully, the building must be well lit. The old man comes to the café every night and gets drunk. I think it portrays that the old man has nothing to live for, so he gets drunk every night to spice up his life a little bit. The waiter with the wife is very concerned about getting home so he can sleep, whereas the old waiter is alive and still willing to work, yet it still seems that they are friends.