Man is born with original sin, the illustrious phrase that thoroughly represents the normative belief of Puritanism, serves an influential role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings. Though inherited with Puritanical roots, the complete oeuvre of Nathaniel Hawthorne vividly portrays his refusal to be a Puritan and depicts his disapproval on Puritan ideas. Hawthorne's perspective on ‘sin’ draws a parallel connection with Puritans, yet he criticizes Puritan religious beliefs through one of his prominent masterpiece: The Minister’s Black veil. In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne conveys his criticism of Puritan ideas through the symbol of the black veil, an emblem of sin within the Earth as opposed to Puritan’s view of the sinless God, a representation
Proctor finds it hard to forgive himself. He says since he has already ruined the Proctor name and saying how his whole life is basically blacken with sins. However, he goes to say it doesn't hurt to have one more sin. John tries to justify to himself by thinking if he goes to hang from something as innocent that all it would be is another lie. Elizabeth tries to explain to him that she isn't the one to judge him because she feels just as guilty as John does.
Hucks guardians, Widow Douglas and Miss Watson, practice Christianity. Huck and Jim on the other hand, believe in superstition: they look for signs for answers rather than God. They look for bad signs in everything; if anything bad happened to them they 're sure to have a sign that was leading to it. Though their superstitions are silly, they do have reason to believe bad things will happen to them: they live in a world where nature is dangerous and people act with hatred. Huck has a realization that the Christian “good’’ isn 't really “good”; they believe Huck will be condemned to hell for saving Jim from slavery.
Jonathan Edwards’s sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” and Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House” seem at first glance quite similar to one another regarding context, however, after taking a closer look, it becomes apparent that there are some substantial differences. These differences cannot be understood without the knowledge of cultural context concerning the Puritan belief system and their lifestyle. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” was written with the sole purpose of scaring and intimidating the people that purtinans believed to be sinners. Edwards’s work contributed to a movement called “The Great Awakening”. It’s objective was to make the so-called ‘sinners’ aware of their wrongdoings and compel them to repent.
Just like how there are different levels of interpretations of the story there are also different perceptions of what the black veil symbolizes. The black veil may symbolize Mr.Hopper's specific secret sin. Subsequently, the black veil could symbolize the concept of the secret sins that we carry in our heart. Then again, the black veil can represent secret sin and the darkness of humanity . All this can be seen when in the story, it says "The subject had reference to secret sin,.." (Hawthorne 3) and "Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl, and the man of hardened breast, felt as if the preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought" (Hawthorne 4).
My own personal challenge is being able to balance school, work, and my social life. John is trying to forgive himself for cheating on Elizabeth, his wife, with Abigail. John has been accused of being a witch in the play and is given an opportunity to confess. He admits to being a witch, so he will not be hung. However, he decided to revoke his confession because he did not want to be known as a witch.
Hooper represents sinfulness and wears it to cover himself from what he has done, although it is left a mystery and taken with him to the grave. The people who have done bad things look toward Mr.Hooper as a person who they can share common thoughts with without feeling left behind and still treated as a person, but truly in the end it represents depression, darkness, sin and death. The physician thought men feel alone sometimes and Mr.Hooper was at this experience. There are three levels of symbolism of the black veil and they are: The first and most obvious one is the black veil, with that being said, it is known that he wore it to hide a secret sin, but is told by himself that all of mankind 's sins the only difference is they do not physically wear the black veil but on the inside, they do. Followed by, the black veil doesn’t necessarily change anything, only his appearance has changed and has simply been calm.
In "Depression Days", Delgado had to change his name and act American to get a job. He just "played pretend" and denied his heredity. Although it was a sophisticated decision, Delgado did the right thing and not do it. But, at the same time, it was a wrong decision because he had to be the only source of strength to his family. They might be suffering from inadequate resources, similar to food, water, etc., or they might be sick and they need medicine.
To claim that hell carries out retributive justice is claiming that this is a place where people are being punished for their sins. This sort of justice is not forgiving of the imperfections of humanity and it is implied that the punishment will last eternally. However, restorative justice would mean that hell is a place of purification for the “tainted soul” and allows that soul a second chance at being worthy of God. This
To the woman, this may seem like the action of a heartless person. What she does not realize is that it may be her husband’s way of expressing love for his son. It leads her to think that death brings out the worst in people - not only was her marriage failing but she also realized many more differences between her and the man. She also likely despises death for taking her son. Other than losing his soul, she also had to lose him to the soil and the earth.