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.
In the “Minister's Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne looks to convey the wrongs of the Puritan faith through a character in his story. Hawthorne effectively does this through his use of Mr. Hooper, a man who embodies all of the Puritan faith and a man who would be admired by many of his religion. Hawthorne uses both Mr. Hooper and the veil Hooper wears to portray and criticize the issues of sin and morality within the Puritan faith. Before diving in to all that Hawthorne exposes of the Puritan faith, historical context is vital to understanding Hawthorne’s purpose of writing his story. Nathaniel Hawthorne comes from a largely Puritan family ventured across in literature, most notably in the novel based on a true story, “The Crucible”
He conveys a sermon on mystery sin and the things individuals cover up in their souls, "notwithstanding overlooking the Omniscient can recognize them." After the gathering, the assembly talks about the clergyman 's shroud, attempting to decipher its significance. The Reverend shows a memorial service sermon and a wedding while at the same time wearing the cover, much to the frighten of and disquieting of the lady of the hour. The whole town discusses little else the following day. Nobody dares request that the pastor expel the cloak or clarify its essence aside from his life partner.
In the “Minister's Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the main character named Mr. Hooper who wears a black veil. Hawthorne uses symbolism to represent secret sin and shows the theme is death. In the story Hooper wears a black veil which symbolizes hiding sin. “But what if the world will not believe that it is the type of an innocent sorrow?” urged Elizabeth. “Beloved and respected as you are, there may be whispers that you hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin.
Man is born with original sin, the illustrious phrase that thoroughly represents the normative belief of Puritanism, serves an influential role in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings. Though inherited with Puritanical roots, the complete oeuvre of Nathaniel Hawthorne vividly portrays his refusal to be a Puritan and depicts his disapproval on Puritan ideas. Hawthorne's perspective on ‘sin’ draws a parallel connection with Puritans, yet he criticizes Puritan religious beliefs through one of his prominent masterpiece: The Minister’s Black veil. In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne conveys his criticism of Puritan ideas through the symbol of the black veil, an emblem of sin within the Earth as opposed to Puritan’s view of the sinless God, a representation
Hawthorne states, “He (Dimmesdale) thus typified the constant introspection wherewith he tortured, but could not purify, himself.” (Hawthorne 132). Physically and mentally torturing himself, Dimmesdale tries to get rid of his guilt by whipping himself, fasting, and not sleeping. In the end, he reaches the highest honor a minister can receive by preaching an Election Day sermon, but
“The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story focussing around the mental and emotional stability of the narrator. Looking back through a course of events, the narrator describes his point of view allowing the reader to dive deeper into his thought process and psychological state. The narrator himself writes in first person in order to explain his side of the story. He does this in hopes that his audience will understand his actions; however, the narrator is subconsciously trying to convince himself of his sanity by his explanations. Through the fear of accepting the truth, that he is a cold blooded killer, full of hatred, and has a broken empty soul, the narrator lacks the ability to see that the black cat in his story is not real.
This is the reason why much of his writing deals with the topic of puritans and his shame over his connection to this.1 Hawthorn believed that “the author has provided himself with a moral - the truth, namely, that the wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones”. He held a dark view of human nature and believed that people are inherently selfish and that some would even imply that humans are inherently evil. This would mean that the world is a relatively unhappy, inhospitable place where people sometimes indulge their evil impulse if given the chance. 3 The story of Young Goodman Brown is very much gothic literature and takes place in the 17th century when the puritans graced New England. Hawthorn was known for writing in this gothic style.
Nathaniel Hawthorne is one of the most studied and influential writers in history. His many works use symbolism and allegory to portray their purpose, filling them with deep meaning and offering a wide variety of interpretation. Hawthorne was not particularly proud of his family history; he disagreed with some of his ancestors positions in the salem witch trials. He distanced himself with that part of his family and added a “w” to his name to further do so. Hawthorne was born in Salem Massachusetts, which gave him a prevalent theme of puritanism in many of his stories.
Uniquely, Hester Prynne is displayed by Hawthorne to expatiate how being driven to live through the effects of sin eventually lead to redemption. Altogether, Nathaniel Hawthorne presents his idea for redemption in colonial America by allowing characters to fail and succeed in pursuit for redemption in order to prove that one must be driven in surviving the effects of sin to break through the barricade of their puritanistic crimes. The puritanistic monster of sin is a barricade between the characters and redemption. The struggling characters face puritan backlash from within their community which rejects some of them from reaching redemption. Hester was forced to endure this ignominy for adultery in which crushes her feelings, making her seem worthless in her mind.