The concept of point of view is very important in most stories and that includes, "Young Goodman Brown". The narrator can tell us what Goodman Brown is thinking and doing, but he can also throw in his two cents about what he thinks about Goodman Brown's actions or thoughts. I am glad that Hawthorne uses this point of view method because I believe that it makes the story so much better. The narrator is able to tell the story from Goodman Brown's point of view and then make an opinion about it. When Goodman Brown says, "Well; she's a blessed angel on earth; and after this one night, I'll cling to her skirts and follow her to heaven" (336). Then the narrator follows that up by saying, "With this excellent resolve for the future, Goodman Brown felt himself justified in making more haste on his present evil purpose"(336). This is one of many instances throughout this story in which Goodman Brown says something and the narrator comes back with an opinion of his own.
In "Goodman Brown", I believe that the narrator is third-person limited omniscient because he only speaks from Goodman Brown's point of
Cited: Page Hawthorne, Nathaniel. "Young Goodman Brown." Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Ed. Aron Keesbury. Boston: Wadsworth, 2004. 336-344.