Ambiguity In The Minister's Black Veil

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Fogle, Richard Harter. “‘An Ambiguity of Sin or Sorrow.’” The New England Quarterly, vol. 21, no. 3, 1948, pp. 342–349. JSTOR, Accessed 28 July. 2017. Richard Fogle’s article is ordinarily one that uses the words, “ambiguity” and “irony” as to describe the minister in Hawthorne’s famous tail. This article focuses on more of the actual sin the veil is trying to hide and Elizabeth, the fiancé of the minister. Elizabeth is described as a true puritan being “well minded” and “gloomy”. The article questions Hawthorne’s interpretation of the sin the veil was trying to hide, that maybe it was a serious crime, but that Hawthorne does not show evidence of what the sin might be that the veil is supposed
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Consequently, Hawthorne himself is either a decayed puritan or a renegade transcendentalist. This article says that many scholars are suspicious of “The Minister’s Black Veil”, they simply ask was the story about an egotistical, selfish man or truly a humble man of God who’s realization of sin and evil has grown him to a higher level of maturity. They support this theory by suggesting that man alone cannot be innocent for we as humans are attracted to evil naturally. The article states, that they believe the result of the behavior from the minister is that of human pride or negation of transcendent truth. The words, “Felix cupla” are used to describe the minister’s actions in the story; this phrase is Latin and means “happy fault”. They continue to support this reasoning of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s character the minister being absurd because the sinner will not integrate his new knowledge and grow on to full maturity. Instead he will have a moral disintegration and alienation, which would be no maturity shown though the realization of his sin. In Hawthorne’s work the minister goes on as being isolated from everyone else not maturing from his realization of his sin therefore leading to his realization of evil as just plain selfish egotistical …show more content…
In this article it discussed that the sermon Hooper tries to give to the congregation only separates them from their faith rather than maturating them spiritually. He goes on to support this idea by stating that the veil is simply revoking love that a minister is responsible for providing to his church. This article divides the tale, “The Minister’s Black Veil” into five different parts to support the theory that this tale is that of an ironic and selfish one. One being the first appearance of Hooper in the veil that Sunday morning, the second being Hooper’s appearance at the funeral and the wedding on the same day, later in the article saying that his egotistical self only brought sadness to the wedding and caused a lack of happiness. The third part was the unsuccessful reaction from the congregation and his unreasoning with his fiancé. The fourth part was when that the sermon that lasted most of his life until his death was merely a misunderstood and prideful and only causing more sin to arise. Nevertheless, the deathbed scene only provides more evidence that the veil ironically united and produced more sin by an egotistical minister. This article uses the theory that the black veil did represent hidden sin or sorrow, but that of spiritual

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