Young Goodman Brown: The Puritan with His Eyes Wide Shut?

Self-portrait of Stanley Kubrick with a Leica ...

Self-portrait of Stanley Kubrick with a Leica III camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, having one’s ideas corroborated is always a nice thing.

Today I was grateful to discover that I am apparently not the only one to have noticed striking parallels between Stanley Kubrick‘s film Eyes Wide Shut and Nathaniel Hawthorne‘s short story “Young Goodman Brown,” in their treatments of a relatively naive main character on a journey toward discovery that things, once you have an opportunity to look below the surface, might not be what they seem.

See, for example, a review by film critic Jack Cashill, entitled “Young Goodman Cruise.”

JQ

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One comment on “Young Goodman Brown: The Puritan with His Eyes Wide Shut?

  1. jquseless says:

    Editor’s Note
    And by the way: if you have doubts about whether activities like those depicted in Eyes Wide Shut take place outside of Stanley Kubrik’s imagination, here are two presentations of evidence to the affirmative–not quite approaching the level of Eyes Wide Shut in terms of the ritualistic dimension, but a couple of accounts at least veering in that direction. WARNING: explicit language, Adults Only, not for the faint of heart. Discretion is advised. Fellow Christians should be “prayed up” before reading this–and should do so IF and only if they are interested in deepening their understanding of the realities of evil.

    http://forums.sherdog.com/forums/f48/do-clubs-like-eyes-wide-shut-really-exist-1581851/

    http://vixely.com/2012/08/10/eyes-wide-open-organized-orgies-in-nyc-a-personal-account/

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