Compare And Contrast Young Goodman Brown And The Man In The Black Suit

430 Words2 Pages

Stephen King’s “The man in the Black Suit” is his homage to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”. Stephen King believed that “Young Goodman Brown” is one of the ten best stories ever written by an American. “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “The Man in the Black Suit” by Stephen King have similar storylines, yet a different climax and resolution. First, both stories take place in a different setting and time period. “Young Goodman Brown” was written in 1835, whereas “The Man in the Black Suit” was written in 1996. As a result, both stories take place during different time periods. “Young Goodman Brown” takes place in the 1600s around the time of Salem Witch Trials in Puritan New England. On the other hand, “The Man in the Black Suit” takes places in 1914, just before America …show more content…

There is an age different between the main characters since Gary is only nine years old, while Goodman Brown is married. The readers would expect Goodman Brown to react strongly after meeting the devil compared to Gary. Surprisingly, Gary reacts vigorously while Goodman Brown gets mentally destroyed. Goodman Brown lives the rest of his life as a sad and distrustful person. Gary, on the other hand, does not let that experience destroy his happiness and success for life. Although both stories have various differences, there are also many similarities. Both the main characters live in a place with no technology and transportation services. The devil disappears at the end of both stories. In “Young Goodman Brown”, the devil suddenly disappears inside the forest after making Goodman Brown realize that everyone in the world has turned evil. Similarly, in “The Men in the Black Suit” the devil disappears after chasing and threatening to attack Gary. These events make the readers speculate whether Goodman Brown and Gary actually saw the devil or had a

Open Document