Rhetorical Analysis Most people tend to believe that lying is a way of life, that without it the whole world could crumble and fall. While some tend to believe that any form of lying is a sin and there should be consequences. One author, Stephanie Ericsson, wrote “The Ways We Lie” published in 1993 she talks about how we all lie, it has become an everyday chore to make life easier. She begins by trying to strengthen the bond between the reader and writer showing how they are one of the same. She does this by referencing past experiences, adding informed opinions, and using quotes from other well acknowledged authors, her argument is strong throughout the whole article that lying isn’t just evil, it can be used for good when used the right way.
When people tell their sins to the world everyone looks at them like if they are the devil themselves, or if one did have a sin everyone tries to figure out what that sin is, forgetting that them, themselves also carry sins, but it is much easier to acknowledge others sins. “The
Hooper's skillful use of language and multi-layered symbolism to create a story that can be read over and over to gain fresh insight. “The veil...becomes an emblem of the passion for concealment that afflicts all humans to a greater or lesser degree”(Wright 167) The story, as a tale of secret sin, has also been the subject of much interest because it anticipates Hawthorne's treatment of the sinful individuals. I’ve learned that secret sin exists in people, and they are hypocritical about their sins, pretending that they are guileless. This condition is especially true in Mr. Hooper's Puritan “Why do you tremble at me alone?....Tremble also at each other! Have men avoided me, and women showed no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil?...” (Hawthorne 33) since Mr. Hooper is revealing one's sins makes one vulnerable to public punishment or ostracism by the community.
As the story progresses, it is apparent that Dimmesdale is the father of Pearl. As a an important member of the Church, he conceals his sin in an attempt to make it to go away. Unfortunately for him, the concealment of his sin takes a toll on his mental and physical health. He becomes a manic-depressive. Not only had he committed adultery, he also was being a hypocrite, as reverend calling for the acceptance of your sins.
Afterall, the first step to redemption is always seeking forgiveness, from yourself and from others. In the Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses a sinful protagonist and a harsh Puritan setting to illustrate that everyone has the power to be redeemed. Hester’s sins teach readers that no one is too far gone to be redeemed. She commits adultery
Why isn’t the minister seen as a horrible person and Chillingworth is? In the Book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dimmesdale, the Minister, has committed this terrible crime and some feel bad for him. This could be because Hester loves him; they are meant to be together. It’s interesting how Chillingworth can be seen as evil, but he is the one that was cheated on. He has mentally tortured Dimmesdale; obsessed with wanting him to suffer more that he has.
But Florence is reminded that Gabriel is a human being, and human beings are liable to sin. She compares his sin to dirt, which reminds us of the uncleanliness that is associated with sin. In another statement that Florence makes, “She sighed again, more genuinely this time, and tuned back to the mirror. "Well… he's a preacher. And if Deborah's right, he ain't got no right to be a preacher.
Everyone's a Sinner! “Beloved and respected as you are, there may be whispers, that you hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin. For the sake of your holy office, do away this scandal!” This quote is very important as it mentions Reverend Hooper’s problem with sins and sinners. The short story, “The Minister’s Black Veil” was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hawthorne's story proves that the veil dramatizes that everyone has a secret sin and we should not judge others when analyzing Mr. Hooper’s dialogue and the feelings of the townsfolk.
Bad Name or The Truth Reputation is how you are viewed by others and that will stick with you. In the Crucible reputation plays a huge part because everyone has some sort of reputation good or bad. Having a good reputation means that you are expected into the society. Therefore when people are being accused of witchcraft, people will do anything to protect how they look to people. Even if it means letting innocent people die for crimes they did not do.
However, despite how strong the quote is I will have to disagree with it. It should rather say “forgiveness heals all wounds.” Forgiveness make the heart at ease. In the Scarlet Letter, Hester prynne, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale,each one of them committed a crime that needed a forgiveness. Dimmesdale, as a priest is to supposed to be a “God person”, following laws, being in church and guiding people to the right path. However, he committed a sin that isn’t considered right by sleeping with Hester who is married and getting her pregnant.