What Does The Minister's Black Veil Symbolize In The Scarlet Letter

835 Words4 Pages
“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. In the story, Mr.Hooper was illustrated
…show more content…
At the beginning of the “The Minister’s Black Veil,” everyone talked to Hooper but at the end no one did and the community wanted him to take it off. “In the minister's black veil the reverend Mr.Hooper startles his congregation by appearing for Sunday services with a black piece of cloth over his face. he wears the veil for the rest of his life, refusing to remove it even from his deathbed. he protests, he must display this symbol of evil to save as a moral example.” Mr.Hooper wore the black veil everywhere and his deathbed Mr.Hooper would not take it off because of his hidden sin. “love is there for Hooper, nut the veil prevents him from seeing or enjoying it” Love is always a present for Hooper. but the veil blinds/prevents him from seeing and enjoying it. “Nothing not to please of the elders, nor his own loneliness can persuade hopper to remove the piece of black cloth that separates him so dramatically from…show more content…
In the story, “The Minister's Black Veil” Hawthorne states, “how strange,’ said a lady ‘that a simple black veil, such as women might wear on her bonnet, should become such a terrible thing on Mr.Hooper's face!” A lady was talking about how people are overreacting about the veil on Hooper’s face and how if a lady wore one no one would think anything of it. In the story, Hooper states, “loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a black veil!” The veil is causing him to be lonely and no one to talk to him, but he believes that everyone has a black veil.

In “The Minister's Black Veil”, Hawthorne uses alienation to illustrate how the community around you can affect you as a person. Mr.Hooper wears a black veil as a punishment for his hidden sin and believes everyone has their own veil representing their own hidden sin, but the ignorance throughout the town is abundant due to the fact that they are puritans and believe that they cannot be touched by sin. That is what Hawthorne wanted to show, that no matter who they were, they cannot escape

More about What Does The Minister's Black Veil Symbolize In The Scarlet Letter

Open Document