Comparative Analysis Of ' The Minister 's Black Veil ' And ' Young Goodman Brown '

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Comparative Analysis

“The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown” are both short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The first of these discusses a minister that wears a black veil. He isolates himself from others as he sees the sin in the world. The second tells the story of Goodman Brown. Goodman Brown watches in the woods as his peers and mentors sin. His eyes are opened, as he starts to see the “secret sin” and evil in the world. In both, “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Young Goodman Brown”, are set and written in similar towns, with dark, and gloomy settings. Both stories tells two different stories that explain the “truth” behind man’s evil nature. Both short stories have a similar and realistic theme, related to morals. The moral of the stories are based off of religious beliefs. Sins play a major role in the stories plot and central idea. The theme is also shows the “truth” about man’s evil nature. Both stories come from knowing sin is something to repent. Ironically, Hawthorne in both stories scorns such people, even though both characters are the same as these people. In both stories Mr. Hooper and Goodman Brown take a part in sin but attempt to repent it. Like in the “Black Veil” the reader recognizes that everyone is a sinner, but the characters hide it from their own conscious. Everyone is carrying their sins is also relevant to “Young Goodman Brown”. Goodman Brown sees everyone in the village in the woods. But, ironically he was also there. He hides…

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