In "Young Goodman Brown," what is the point of view, where does it change, and what is the result of the change?
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"Young Goodman Brown" is told from a third person point of view. It starts with a third person limited, describing Goodman Brown as if observing him objectively from the outside: " YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN came forth at sunset into the street at Salem village; but put his head back, after crossing the threshold, to exchange a parting kiss with his young wife."
However, immediately after that, it moves to a broader perspective, with some narrative commentary on the action. The second sentence says " And Faith, as the wife was aptly named…" This moves into a more omniscient point of view.
The story stays with limited omniscience through most of the story, but then at the end (in the last paragraph), steps back to a much broader perspective. The result is a change in tone that underscores the story's message and allegorical function.
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