“The Minister's Black Veil” In “The Minister's Black Veil,” Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates a man named Hooper, who was too simple-minded to believe that he could not escape his hidden sin. Mr.Hooper spent a majority of his older years trying to prove a point that was only proven at the end of the story. Throughout the story, he was treated negatively, as if he was trying to reveal that everyone hid behind a mask. Hawthorne symbolizes a mask in both “The MInister’s Black Veil” and “The Scarlet Letter,” in “The Scarlet Letter" Dimmesdale hides behind his secret sin that only he and Hester knew about. In “The Minister's Black Veil”, Hawthorne uses alienation to illustrate ambiguity and a great sin.
French designer Philippe Starck once claims: “I like to open the doors to people’s brain.” Nathaniel Hawthorne 's short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” reflects this principle in which the author advertently creates ambiguities and opens the possibilities of interpretation to the readers. Nathaniel Hawthorne employs commonplace symbols to present the ambiguity of sin and secrecy through a psychological lens in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. This short story also reflected the principle of Puritanism as well, such as the idea of manifest destiny represented by Mr. Hooper in the story. Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts. 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).
The ambiguity of the symbolism of the veil in Nathaniel Hawthorne's parable of The Minister's Black Veil, not only leaves the congregation guessing what the veil means, but it leaves the reader wondering what exactly the veil represents too. While giving a sermon on secret sins that people hide away, minister Hooper wears a black veil that conceals his face. He then wears it to a funeral and a wedding, making his congregation question what his motive is. The minister never takes off the veil even refusing to take it off at his death-bed. Throughout the story, Hawthorn offers indications of what the veil could symbolize, but there is never full disclosure of what exactly the veil represents, leaving readers to come up with their own hypothesis
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.
The Minister's Black Veil is a parable with a religious lesson. A parable like this has multiple levels of meanings and interpretations. "The Minister's Black Veil" is an interesting story that explores the idea of having a secret sin. This short story has multiple American Romanticism characteristics. This story has a protagonist who wants to break free, this is a common characteristic of Romantic stories.
“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.
After this she goes to collect the money for only herself, which shows that humans are innately greedy and are willing to comply with evil in order to become rich. The overall message in Nathaniel Hawthorne 's The Minister 's Black Veil is also that humans are innately evil in some way.
“The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne is full of many different symbols, but the most notable one is the veil itself. Throughout the story, Hawthorne presents many instances where the veil could mean several things. Some may see only one meaning, however, others may see a number of them. Hawthorne may have been the only one who truly knew what the veil symbolized, but at the same time the fact that the story makes the reader think even after reading it is what makes it all the more interesting to analyze. The veil itself could symbolize things such as rebirth, secrecy, ambiguity.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, an American short story writer and romantic novelist, is known for his exploration into the darkest parts of the human psyche; delving into themes such as sin, loneliness, and isolation. First published in 1832, Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” is a parable that tells the story of Reverend Mr. Hooper and how simply donning a black veil shakes up the citizens of a small Puritan community in New England. In the “The Minister’s Black Veil”, Hawthorne uses the black veil to symbolize the sinfulness of mankind, which is often kept secret, and that keeping these things hidden greatly impacts the one who commits a sin and how the community behaves toward that person. Mr. Hooper’s final words powerfully express the theme of hidden sin. Though still partly shrouded in mystery, this is the most directly he has spoken about the veil in the story, and it gives a great deal of insight into the veil’s significance.