The Mystery Behind The Minister 's Black Veil

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Alexis Englebert
Professor Jones
English 232
30 Apr. 2015
The Mystery Behind “The Minister’s Black Veil”
In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, “The Ministers Black Veil”, Mr. Hooper made a commitment, for the rest of his earthly life, to wear a black veil. The veil, throughout the short story, would represent secret sin. His depiction of secret sin is to show the townspeople that nothing can be kept a secret from God. Mr. Hooper’s tactic is to use the power of fear to convince them to confess any unknown sins. Many people are quick to judge and condemn others actions without having first-hand knowledge or experience of the individual’s circumstance. In “The Ministers Black Veil”, Nathaniel Hawthorne exposes the irony of a black veil’s representation of humanity’s hidden sin by contrasting society’s obliviousness with Mr. Hooper’s innocence, all while witnessing the hypocrisy of his congregation. The townspeople are quick to start gossiping about Mr. Hooper wearing the black veil, because people have an overwhelming tendency to fear what they do not know or understand. Most people will draw their own conclusions, and some will naturally presume the worst. The townspeople, in this short story, are quick to draw their own conclusions about Mr. Hooper simply because they do not comprehend why he elects to wear a black veil. The community chalks up his wearing of the black veil to madness, evil or even shame, but this is purely speculation. Some people in the community are even unsure if
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