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What Is The Symbolism In The Minister's Black Veil

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In this essay, I’m going to be discussing about the story The Minister’s Black Veil. This story was very interesting, because it had mystery and was different from any other story I have ever read. This story had a symbol and a lesson to learn from it. I enjoy reading stories where there’s symbols because that means you have to look for clues making it mysterious. The Minister’s Black Veil makes the students think and engage into the story.
Furthermore, the black veil symbolized evil and fear. “ The principle effect of the veil is to avert explicit statements of what it stands for. Creating meaning and simultaneously hiding it.” (Freedman 353) This creates mystery to the story and draws the reader into the story. Hawthorne doesn’t mention the black veil
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Hooper is a romantic character because he makes his decisions off of his emotions and theology of sin. He stands out from the society because he decides to wear a black veil which means he is hiding from his own sins. “ This dismal shade must separate me from the world: even you, Elizabeth, can never come behind it!” (Hawthorne 10) He decides not to let anyone see his face even his own fiancee. He has the choice to show his loved one his face one last time but, Instead of being a really nice man, he decides to die without showing his face. He lets his emotions get in the way and the theology of sin. He knows that wearing the black veil is a good thing for him. In this story there is a few american romanticism characteristics. For example: “... Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil.” (Hawthorne 17) I can sense his pain of people not wanting to be around him because of the black veil. He seems upset that all the people that liked him, had turned against him now that he wears a veil. He is now lonely and I can how he wants to break free from the veil, but he knows wearing the veil is the best. This is an example of an individual trying to break
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