Symbolism In The Minister's Black Veil

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In the parable "The Minister 's Black Veil,” Nathaniel Hawthorne aims to expose the deceitful pretense that members of society base their lives on. Hawthorne discloses the way people hastily judge one another based on looks, appearances, and behavior. He unveils the hypocrisy of society and the way it alienates whoever defy the norms or risk to uncover the covert. He reveals the moral of his allegory in a very ambiguous way through Reverend Hooper belief that everyone has a secret sin that he keeps to himself hidden from others, but certainly not from God. He uses The Black Veil on Reverend Hooper’s face as an emblem to provide evidence to support the notion that all humans are sinners in disguise. Reverend Hooper’s veil symbolizes the wall that separates people from sharing their true innermost and aspires at bringing outward the inward of the human kind, but ironically, it winds up striking fear among the members of the congregation and isolating Mr. Hooper from the…show more content…
“All through life that piece of crape had hung between him and the world: it had separated him from cheerful brotherhood and woman 's love, and kept him in that saddest of all prisons, his own heart” (11). His seclusion was apparent by the treatment of his parishioners, but in his opinion, each of them was living an inner state of loneliness due to their denial of the presence of a wall separating their intimate secret from their outer public personality. According to Hooper’s principle, people find freedom and salvation “When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend; the lover to his best beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator” (13). For Hooper was not trying to find virtue on earth. For someone who believes in judgment day and an afterlife in the “sunshine of eternity” (11), isolation on earth was a small price to
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