Theme Of Alienation In The Minister's Black Veil

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne's story, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, there are several themes, but the most ordinary and prominent is that everyone has secrets and sorrows hidden from others. In the story, the main character, Reverend Hooper, is a minister in a small Puritan community in Milford. The minister is described as wearing two folds of black crape, which entirely conceals his facial features other than his mouth and chin (240). This veil symbolizes many things, but most people assume that he has committed a serious sin that he is incredibly ashamed of. Reverend Hooper wearing the black veil causes many complications between him and the community. This alienates him from the community, both socially and personally. In the story, Hawthorne effectively uses symbolism and interconnects it with the presence of alienation in the story.
As the story begins, the community is gathering at the meeting-house for Sunday church and everybody is waiting for the minister, Reverend Hooper, to arrive. Hawthorne describes him as “a gentlemanly person of about thirty, though still a bachelor, who was dressed with due clerical neatness as if a careful wife had starched his
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The black veil symbolically represents that everyone has their own secrets hidden from others, but the congregation, unaware of the reason behind it, alienates themselves from him. Throughout the story the veil causes many difficulties with relationships, the community, and even the minister himself. The purpose of wearing the veil causes fear in the community, and later spreads through the ministers relationship with his fiancé. And all of this is caused by one solitaire reason: Reverend Hooper not sharing his secret sin. Even on his deathbed, Reverend Hooper lives by his word to never lift his veil on Earth, and follows by it even when

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