Literary Analysis : ' The Minister 's Black Veil '

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Kendall Childers Dr. Sagerson ENGL 1302 September 21, 2015 Hawthorne, Nathaniel “the Minister’s Black Veil” Literary Analysis The minister is acquiring attention to actions of the town people to keep secret his guilty and sinful ways. The reader, while reading the short story, can conclude that the narrator is in third-person to reveal the character’s thoughts. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses lots of symbolism and figure of speech to clarify the ministers reasoning for the black veil over his face. The first figure of speech involves metaphor which gives the comparison of his heart to a prison. “It had separated him from cheerful brotherhood and women’s love, and kept him in a saddest of all prisons, his own heart” (Hawthorne 9). Another figure of speech Nathaniel Hawthorne uses a simile to compare his smile to a light, “that same smile always appeared like a glimmering light” (Hawthorne 7). The symbolism in this short story involves the black veil on the minister’s head states that Mr. Hooper is hiding a horrible sin. Although the minister wears a black veil; Mr. Hooper is trying to make amends of his own sin. “The subject had reference to a secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would conceal from our own consciousness” (Hawthorne 1). Although Mr. Hooper wears the black veil he is being recognized and gives a sort of power over the people. “The black veil had one effect; he becomes a man of awful power over souls that were in agony
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