Symbolism In Nathaniel Hawthorne And Edgar Allan Poe

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During the early period of American Gothic literature, many authors, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, incorporated the sinister perspective of the human nature in their writings. Both Hawthorne’s symbolic narrative, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, and Poe’s violent fiction, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, demonstrate separation and symbolism throughout the course of each story. In Hawthorne’s short story, the protagonist, Minister Hooper, decides to wear a black veil over his face and vows to never remove it, even when he dies. His decision to wear the black veil consequently separates him from society. Hawthorne uses the veil to symbolize the human psyche of people’s efforts to hide the sins they are guilty of committing. In Poe’s story, the narrator is the caretaker of an old man with a blind eye. The caretaker describes his internal discomfort when he sees the eye, therefore he devises a plan to murder the old man. His separation from humanity due to the uneasy feeling of the old man’s pale, blind eye are shown through his efforts to commit murder. In Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”, Mr. Hooper loses human connection after he bounds himself to wear the black veil as a representation of human nature to hide sinful actions. Mr. Hooper’s refusal to remove the black veil causes the townspeople to distance away from him because they found his behavior odd and unnatural, including his fiancee. During Mr. Hooper and his fiance’s argument, she continually presses
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