"Minister's Black Veil" : Hidden Sins



"The Minister's Black Veil", a literary masterpiece written by
Nathaniel Hawthorne, was a divergent parable for the period it was written.
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote as an anti-transcendentalist in the
transcendentalist period; as a result, his view's in writings were mostly
pessimistic considering his family's sinfulness. Hawthorne's grandfather
was a judge in the Salem witch trails; for that reason, he was responsible
for over twenty innocent deaths by mistrial. In addition, a reader can
easily see the pessimism in his writing, and many hypothesize that his
family's past has a part in his style. In the "The Minister's Black Veil",
Hawthorne shows a great deal of pessimism through a ...

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congregation
including a elder woman who says, "‘I don't like it,…..He has changed
himself into something awful only by hiding his face'"(294). Others cry, ‘
"Our parson is going mad'"(294)! The sermon in which he speaks that day is
"…darker than usual…"(294), and also gives a gloomy feeling. The parson
speaks of a secret sin; the audience soon relates the sermon to why he is
wearing his black veil. The congregation feels that the sermon is given by
someone else through Mr. Hopper's body. As a result, the minister's black
veil is the talk of the town after the disturbing sermon.
In the next section of the parable, Mr. Hopper fronts the
bewildered town at a funeral of a young lady. The parson is still wearing
his black veil, even while he conducts the sermon for the funeral; however,
the townspeople still thinks abstract thoughts about of their parson. The
ladies of the town are exclaiming , ‘"The black veil, although it covers
only the pastor's face, throws it's ...

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