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jsandoval30 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2011 at 2:04 PM via web

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what is the point of view in young goodman brown?

how important is the point of view and does it change anywhere in the story?

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pearlepratt | Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted September 10, 2011 at 7:27 AM (Answer #1)

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The short story, “Young Goodman Brown,” is told from the Third Person Omniscient point-of-view. The Third Person Omniscient narrator has the ability to both describe the outward appearances of the characters and to explain the character’s motives, desires, fears, and hopes. The difference between a limited and an omniscient narrator is the degree of insight that each is able to provide. The omniscient narrator is all-knowing, able to offer the reader absolute and unquestionable insight into a character.  For instance, the narrator in this instance provides information on Goodman Brown’s thoughts and reactions as he encounters the characters of Good Cloyse and Deacon Gookin.

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