In these ways, he is qualified as a romantic character.Furthermore, the three ideas levels of parable to the understanding of symbolism of The Black Veil is to let people understand that that's the way you show your secret sins, this could represent the secret sin that all people carry in their hearts, and the black veil is a symbol of secret sin and the darkness of humanity. The symbol of “The Minister’s Black Veil” is the black veil itself, but what it symbolizes is more complicated than it seems to either Hooper or the townspeople. To the townspeople, Hooper’s veil is a clear sign that he is trying to atone for a grave sin. Yet Hooper implies that he intends the veil to be a symbol of mankind’s general sinfulness, not any specific wrongdoing and that everyone has their own rights. At the same time, the veil — a thin article of clothing, is a symbol of the Puritan
An example can be "But such was not the result. When Mr. Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black veil, which had added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding"(Hawthorne 7) which says that deeper gloom was added because of a simple black veil being worn by a person in a funeral. As well as when Mr. Hooper’s smile was compared to a faint Glimmering light with something dark behind it“He even smiled again--that same sad smile, which always appeared like a faint glimmering of light, proceeding from the obscurity beneath the veil.”(Hawthorne 11)Other examples can be found throughout the story especially exaggeration. “The Minister’s Black Veil” is definitely not a romantic story ,but a story that tells a moral, the moral in the poem is that you cannot hide your secret sins from God. Mr. Hooper is a man who valued intuition over logic and reason and showed this by wearing a veil over his face to represent the sins of others.
Dante’s vision of Hell is incredibly structured, with levels and sublevels dictating certain punishments for certain sins. The least of the sins is being unbaptized; pagan; or being virtuous, but before Christianity arose. This circle is called Limbo, and it is like Heaven, only slightly less glamorous. The worst of the sins is betrayal and treachery, and these sinners are trapped in the Ninth Circle of Hell, called Treachery. The worst sinner according to Dante is Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.
God’s Justice in Inferno One of the most significant themes, if not the most significant theme within Dante’s Inferno is the perfection of God’s divine justice. Dante expressees divine justice within Inferno in a multitude of ways, with one of the the most prominent examples being the overall structure of Hell and how the punishment for the sinners (perfectly) reflects upon the sin. To the modern reader, Hell likely seems more like an act of cruelty than divine justice, much less a product of God’s love. At first,the torments that the sinners are subjected to seems extreme and grotesque. But, as the poem continues to progress, it becomes quite clear the there is a perfect balance within God’s justice as the degree of each sinner’s punishment perfectly reflects upon the gravity of the sin.
It is also worth to notice that John Hawthorne, one of the Salem Witch Trial Judges, was his great grandfather (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography). Since Salem was his hometown, he developed his writing through the gospel of American Puritanism and intend to spread those principles through his literature which also gives the focus of his literature. Hawthorne’s writing style was unique and was well-regarded for several reasons. First of all, Hawthorne induces readers to use their own imagination to interpret the meaning of the tale, as it is evident in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Moreover, he likes to present multi-fold and multi-perspective of a character.
These themes can be seen throughout the story as Mr. Hooper, the main character as a Reverend, punishes himself over a sin that is never revealed. He punishes himself to the utmost ability by blocking himself from the rest of the world, which in turn causes him to lose his social status and soon become a dark and mysterious man. Although society often frowns upon unexplained or uncommon beliefs, one should still be bound to them even if there are those who greatly oppose it, like Reverend Hooper had done in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Even though Mr. Hooper is in a healthy relationship with his wife, he says, “Know, then this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am bound to wear it ever, both in light and darkness, in solitude and before the gaze of multitudes, and as with strangers, so with my familiar friends. No mortal eye will see it withdrawn.
This book should not be banned even though it portrays so many violent moments because it shows us the horrible reality of racial prejudice and discrimination. The Jews had to go through terrible things. For example, Elie “didn’t know that this was the moment in time
“He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face” (Hawthorne XXX) The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of a clergyman and a black veil that scares all who see it. Hawthorne’s short story pushes the theme that “Everyone has a black veil and hides who they really are” through dialogue and character’s action. This means every person either hides their unpopular opinions/beliefs or is hiding a secret sin. Dialogue evidence can be found in a conversation between Mr. Hooper and Elizabeth, and what is said at Mr. Hooper’s death bed. Evidence from character actions is seen in how Elizabeth hides her love from Mr. Hooper, and how the whole town treats him with his black veil on.
This can be unhealthy because it bottles up feelings, which is culturally accepted to be unhealthy. Furthermore, due to his closeted feelings toward his father’s death, he becomes self-critical. “It is myself I mean, in whom I knew all the particulars of vice so grafted that, when they shall be opened, black Macbeth will seem pure as snow” (IV.III. 51-54) To make such a comparison would mean that Malcom’s faults would have to be more terrible than murder, treason, and the most extreme forms of treachery. Later on we learn these vices are not as bad.
With a few exceptions, people simultaneously embody evil and good in their life; Hosseini demonstrates this with Amir, who is convinced that he himself is evil, and spends most of the book struggling to redeem himself so he can finally realize he is not wicked after all. A person is truly evil when they have a lack of morals, or morals unbelievably skewed from the rest of society. Hosseini presents