Annotated Bibliography Of The Minister's Black Veil

Annotated Bibliography
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…
Voigt talks about the different meanings people have come about the veil. Some say it is a penance for an actual serious crime, or that the veil just represents the minister as someone who is so obsessed with sin that he allows it to control him which in the end results in a loss of life and happiness. Lastly, one of the meanings behind the veil is that which the article strongly suggests is the correct meaning is that the minister himself was a godly preacher who’s veil represented ancient Hebrew prophets practices. This article goes on to say that in the bible Jeremiah placed a yoke on his neck to represent his captivity as well as Judah’s sin. These ancient practices were done when sin was greatly upon someone as a way of repentance and would lead to isolation and loneliness as the veil did for father Hooper. Gilbert Voigt claims that Hawthorne must have been aware of the ancient Hebrew customs and their faith in order to write this astounding

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