The Minister's Black Veil Theme Essay

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The central themes of The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne is presented with a parable, a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson that makes the truth have a deeper meaning and easy to understand. Having to read both Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe was very interesting but, I decided to choose Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Minister's Black Veil" because Nathaniel's story was more interesting, mysterious, and easier to understand than The House of Usher in my opinion since Nathaniel's character, Mr. Hooper, was mysterious throughout the whole story and had many different themes to his parable that involves his veil that can symbolize many reasons.
There is an American Romanticism characteristic in this parable.
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Firstly, the black veil symbolized sin and no one is perfect meaning that no one is perfect because we sin throughout our entire life until death and that the sin is stuck with us for the rest of our life. Secondly, each of us hides behind a veil to hide our sins because we are afraid to admit our sins and we don't want anyone to find out what's our sin is because it is our responsibility to handle the consequence of the sin. Finally, people should be less concerned of others sins and focus on their own sins because it disturbing the private life of the person who committed the sin and many people don't like it when people are nosy with their life instead of focusing on their own life. Hence, there is three possible parable for the story. Firstly, You cannot hide your secret sins from God.Secondly, the minister is to carry the sorrows of sins committed by others like Jesus died for our sins. Thirdly, the sins of humanity are the greatest sin which society hides and ignores. Reading Nathaniel Hawthorne's parable was interesting as I said before and he gave out several lessons about the moral of the parable that involves our sins and humanity of how Mr. Hooper interacted with society and how the Puritan were obsessive with
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