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    “The Minister’s Black veil:” A Hidden Sin or Sin of A Spiritual Egotism In Nathaniel Hawthorne's “The Minister's Black Veil” there are many secrets, many dark areas, both literal and metaphorical. An intensely private man who allowed few to know him well, Nathaniel Hawthorne was fascinated by the dark secrets of human nature. One of the first American writers to explore his characters’ hidden motivations, Hawthorne broke new ground in American literature with his morally complex characters. He

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    Ambiguity of “The Minister’s Black Veil”               There is no end to the ambiguity in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil”; this essay hopes to explore this problem within the tale.   In New England Men of Letters Wilson Sullivan relates the purpose of Hawthorne’s veiled image:   He sought, in Hamlet’s telling words to his palace players, “to hold the mirror up to nature,” and to report what he saw in that mirror – even his own veiled image – without distortion

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    The Allegory in “The Minister’s Black Veil”               It is the purpose of this essay to show that Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” is indeed an allegory. M. H. Abrams defines an allegory as a “narrative, whether in prose or verse, in which the agents and actions, and sometimes the setting as well, are contrived by the author to make coherent sense on the ‘literal,’ or primary, level of signification, and at the same time to signify a second, correlated order of signification”

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    Hawthorne’s The Minister’s Black Veil the story begins in a Puritan church when the Sunday lesson is starting. As the minister walks in the how church is astonished at what is on his face, a black veil. The church members all mermer with questions and accusations about what the minister is doing with a black crape on his face. The townspeople have no clue what the propus of the black veil covering the minister's face is. I believe the minister wore a black veil to pay off his sins. The veil represents

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    Alienation in The Minister's Black Veil "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about one clergyman's alienation due to his outward dressing. Reverend Hooper was a well-respected preacher who got along well with the townspeople until one day when he appeared wearing a black veil over his face that consisted "of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features, except the mouth and chin" (Hawthorne 253). From that day onward, he was alienated both socially and physically

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    The Theme in The Minister’s Black Veil Essay

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    The Theme in “The Minister’s Black Veil”                  Morse Peckham in “The Development of Hawthorne’s Romanticism” explains what he interprets Hawthorne’s main theme to be in his short stories:   This technique, though Hawthorne’s is different from that of European writers, creates analogies between self and not-self, between personality and the worlds. . . .Henceforth Hawthorne’s theme is the redemption of the self through the acceptance and exploitation of what society terms

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    “The Minister’s Black Veil” - Characterization                 This essay will demonstrate the types of characters present in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” whether static or dynamic, whether flat or round, and whether portrayed through showing or telling.   R. W. B. Lewis in “The Return into Rime: Hawthorne” states: “… there is always more to the world in which Hawthorne’s characters move than any one of them can see at a glance” (77). This is especially true with

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    “The Minister’s Black Veil” – Solitude                Henry Seidel Canby in “A Skeptic Incompatible with His Time and His Past” explains regarding the solitude of Nathaniel Hawthorne: “His reserve and love of solitude were the defenses of an imagination formed by peculiar circumstances and playing upon circumstances still more peculiar” (55). Let us explore in this essay the solitude within “The Minister’s Black Veil” and its author.   Herman Melville in “Hawthorne and His Mosses”

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    discusses the story The Minister's Black Veil, which was a very different, mysterious, and unique story that I have ever read before. The story had many symbols and I even learned a lesson from it. This story makes the readers really think about the story and pay attention and also, "inspires the students to look more deeply into their own souls" (Cording 56). In the Minister's Black Veil it really makes you think about the story and you look for clues that symbolize the veil. You question yourself

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    “The Minister’s Black Veil” – The Theme                In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” the dominanat theme is obviously one man’s alienation from society. This essay intends to explore, exemplify and develop this topic.   Hyatt Waggoner in “Nathaniel Hawthorne” states:   Alienation is perhaps the theme he handles with greatest power. “Insulation,” he sometimes called it – which suggests not only isolation but imperviousness. It is the opposite of

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