Essay about The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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The Minister's Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" embodies the hidden sins that we all hide and that in turn distance us from the ones we love most. Reverend Hooper dons a black veil throughout this story, and never takes it off. He has discerned in everyone a dark, hidden self of secret sin. In wearing the veil Hooper dramatizes the isolation that each person experiences when they are chained down by their own sinful deeds. He has realizes that symbolically everyone can be found in the shadow of their own dark veil. Hooper in wearing this shroud across his face is only amplifying the dark side of people and the truth of human existence and nature. Hooper has
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The minister they had once sought for comfort and solace has become a seductive, mysterious stranger with whom nobody can identify. The congregation feels as though Hooper can reach into their souls and see all the inadequacy and sin hidden within. As expressed in the story, "Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl, and the man of most hardened breast felt as if the preacher had crept upon them, behind his awful veil, and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought." Because of his vow, the minister is forced into a life of solitude, forever lacking satisfaction and comfort. "The eyes are the window to your soul," In not being able to see Mr. Hooper's eyes, the congregation becomes distressed and uncomfortable. The eyes make it possible for others to discern your feelings and emotions. Mr. Hooper creates an impenetrable solitude that makes it impossible for people to relate to him. The body is but a shell; the eyes are the gates to the real self. From the first day of the veil dropping over the minister's face people's opinions changed of him. He becomes a mystery, unreachable and feared. In reality the minister hadn't changed at all. He is the same gentle man with the slight smile gracing his face. Only by the adding of a simple cloth did the person they once knew change into a stranger in their own eyes. A few simple differences in appearance can change a person's life in a multitude of ways. The veil is a thin
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