Mr. Hooper keeps the veil on to demonstrate that the black veil is the item that keeps their secrets hidden. He wears the veil as a representation of not only his secret sins, but also to represent the darkness that humanity has committed. "He had changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face"(Hawthorne 2). He did make him look utterly different just by wearing a black veil, but it is to show that he is trying to redeem himself from his secret sin and not only that but also make himself carry the sins that humanity has created as well. This also proves the American Romanticism characteristics found in the story.
There is also rebellions which may lead to death, violence, and chaos. I believe that humans are evil because of the abuse of power and from abusing power, and rebellion. William Golding’s novel Lord of the Flies shows that humans are evil through Jack. Jack at the beginning of this novel Jack was given power. Jack led the choir boys, then when there was another threat or leader Jack challenges him to get his power back.
Dimmesdale was a devout Puritan, and because of how hard they were on themselves he believed that he can no longer live a life of happiness. His despair was inflicted upon him once he committed adultery with Hester Prynne and decided to keep it secret.“While thus suffering under bodily disease, and gnawed and tortured by some black trouble of the soul…”(Hawthorne 117). The pain came from deep within Dimmesdale, and he believed that one sin can destroy his whole life. Puritanism is now looked upon as one of the hardest religions because of their strictness in their ways of life. They truly believed that if they sinned they would be looked at as if they were scum in the eyes of the church, and this was exactly how Dimmesdale saw himself.
In both stories, these characters both struggle with their own sin, and attempt to make others realize sin that is inside of them. When Mr. Hooper wears his black veil, he becomes, “a man of awful power over souls that were in agony for sin” (Hawthorne 20). Mr. Hooper’s black veil makes him appear as a man who has committed an awful sin. This makes other people feel like they have a connection to him, and can go so far as to recognize their own sin. Similarly, Roderick Elliston attempts to make people view the sin within themselves.
1. In the epic poetry, The Inferno of Dante translation by Robert Pinsky (1320), Dante Alighieri implies that the sinners in Hell deserve the punishment that they get because of the bad decision(s) that they committed on the mortal world. Alighieri supports this claim by emphasizing how the sins of the sinners in the ninth circle were so bad that their punishment is well-deserved and that can be applied to all of the sinners throughout Dante’s journey. The author purposely emphasizes the sinner’s sins of betrayal in order to show that their decisions were so detrimental and overall so bad that a punishment did not seem like a choice but rather a necessity. The intended audience appears to be those who do not see their mistakes and that believe that their punishment is too harsh just as it is seen with the story of Alberigo where he does not see the extent of his sin and audaciously thinks of his punishment as too severe.
The ultimate consequence given for an evil action cannot be simply determined by the physical outcome of the sin, but has to take into account the intent of the sinner. That being said, the darkness of one’s heart only correlates with the intentions of the evil doer, while in modern times people are pushed to a desensitisation to some of the worst sins imaginable. That bribe you made to your sibling was only the beginning of the ‘small’ sins
He starts out feeling pity for the souls, and as he makes his journey down into the levels of hell, he starts to realize that the acts the people committed are sinful and they deserve the punishments they receive. On his journey, he meets people and listens to their stories and how they received their punishments. Dante shows the punishment of the sinners by use of analogy and antithesis. This is shown in canto five through lush between a couple, in canto thirteen through violence against oneself, and in canto twenty- three through fraudulence between hypocrites. Dante shows the punishment of the sinners by use of antithesis in canto five through lust between a couple.
An infamous women by the name Hester Prynne committed the outrageous crime of adultery. For the perpetrated offense she must wear a symbol of shame, the scarlet letter. Another bears the same sin but on the inside hiding it from the world, Hester’s new lover, the minister of the town
Hooper’s sacrifice acknowledges that sin comes at a high price, as he wore the veil, he isolated himself from the Puritan society and no longer accepted him as that was advent. The theme of the Minister’s Black Veil is that everyone has a secret sin, dying from others and that no one person can escape sin. “The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them” (Hawthorne). Reverend Hooper wears the black veil to communicate to his congregation and acknowledge that he has sinned. He sacrifices himself by wearing the black veil to recognize the sins committed by himself and the others townspeople; coming to terms with bad sins and remaining as part of humanity.
Citizens seen as racist believe that the people color do not deserve the same right as those with pale skin. They believe that where the people of color came from, is where they should stay. The society in the story too described this type of behavior. Insults and looks of disgust live upon those who's w heart only contain hatred for people of color. As George has stated in the story, “I have been careful, and I have been patient, but it's growing worse and worse; flesh and blood can't bear it any longer;--every chance he can get to insult and torment me,” this could still apply to those people of hatred.