Both stories deal with the idea that people are not good and more accurately are evil. The townspeople of Milford learn this just before Parson Hooper dies and he explains they are all wearing a black veil and that no one is righteous. Goodman Brown learns this first hand when he goes to the woods to make a deal with the devil, and sees who he believes to be the most righteous of the town; only to discover they are just as evil and impure as the rest of the world. "My Faith is gone!" cried he, after one stupefied moment.
In “The Minister's Black Veil”, Hawthorne uses alienation to illustrate how the community around you can affect you as a person. Mr.Hooper wears a black veil as a punishment for his hidden sin and believes everyone has their own veil representing their own hidden sin, but the ignorance throughout the town is abundant due to the fact that they are puritans and believe that they cannot be touched by sin. That is what Hawthorne wanted to show, that no matter who they were, they cannot escape
This is all taking place in the woods. This is the time Proctor just wants Abigail to just tell the truth and not lie about it anymore. People always lie and don't tell the truth because they know people will think different about them. You see this happening in our world today. In conclusion, John Proctor had a lot of guilt thought out the Crucible for having an affair with Abigail and hurting his wife Elizabeth because of the affair with Abigail.
The blind man’s wife had recently died and that’s why he was coming to visit. The narrator thought it was absurd that he was able to have a wife, he says it “ was beyond my understanding” (11). He even said how he started to feel sorry for the blind man for a minute then he began to think about the predicament the wife was in, and only the narrator thought was a bad situation. With him not trying to see the deeper effect they might’ve had on each other, he says, “And then I found myself thinking what a pitiful life this woman must have led. Imagine a woman who could never see herself as she was seen in the eyes of her loved one” (11).
Loffreda also talks about this need to have a story when Matt was found in the woods. The people who found Matt described as looking like a scarecrow but this is not the case. Loffreda writes, “Matt hadn’t actually been tied like a scarecrow...No matter its provenance, the notion that Matt had been strung up in something akin to a crucifixion became the starting point for the reporting and reaction to come” (Loffreda 238-39). Matt in a scarecrow position is the glee club and opera in Sanders’ story. Both are unbelievable but
“The Minister’s Black Veil” conveys this mood by showing how the minister is isolated by his black veil as everyone around him is chilled by the mere presence of it. The color black itself represents the darkness of the situation. “Young Goodman Brown” also depicts this mood through its setting. Hawthorne evokes a sinister vibe as he describes the goodman traveling through the forest at night accompanied by the devil. This mood grows as he discovers the evil congregation surrounded by shadows and flames.
The major theme in “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is that everyone has sins or sorrows they try to hide but can’t never escape. For instance, Elizabeth claims the Minister “hides his face under the consciousness of secret sin”. This statement shows she’s determined he wears the black veil; to hide his immoral actions. We all have secrets and sins we try to hide from one another, as well as ourselves. Later, the Minister asks to “to not be left alone in the miserable obscurity forever”.
Equally, important the black veil, the minister wears a symbol of the sin of man and of the minister himself, and it is a symbol of the natural sign people have. The veil is a visual reminder of the sins of people. the reason the people at the church being to feel uncomfortable around Mr. Hooper is because he is physical, with his veil, confronting them with their sins that have committed. Also, it symbolizes a crutch in the minister's life. He wears the black veil to hide his sins from his townspeople because he is seen as a good person and now that he wears the black veil everyone is scared to be around him or even confront him.
In this ceremony the town people were being baptized with what seemed like blood in a cemetery as participants of sin and “conscious of the secret guilt of others, both in deed and in thought, than they could now be of the own.” This Showing how unconscious people are of their own sins, that they worry much more on the appearance that they are good. Soon after losing “Faith” forever, Goodman finds himself back in Salem by morning. Now a bitter man disgusted by the wickedness of others, and he carried this notion on his shoulders to his grave. The supernatural journey of Young Goodman Brown was purposely constructed to be a questionable event. Hawthorne cleverly breathes elements of uncertainty, to emphasize the importance of the effect and the insignificance of the sole event.
Tituba confesses to have signed a deal with the devil and is seen as saved by God so then Abigail confesses to also be saved and not hung. Abigail blames different people but she also blames John Proctor’s wife, Elizabeth. Abigail goes to Proctor and begs for him back and also confesses to the accusations being false. Many people start going
Salem is a town that is centered on their religious beliefs. The church is the basis for their morals and ethics, but discovery of the actions of the town’s girls impacts the entire town. Reverend Parris discovers the girls along with Tituba conjuring up spells, singing Barbados songs, and dancing naked. This begins a series of events in The Crucible by Arthur Miller where he uses irony to show that guilt can cause the most upstanding men to act uncharacteristically. Hale is invited to town to prove that there is no witchcraft in the town.