The Minister 's Black Veil, By Nathaniel Hawthorne And The Sovereignty And Goodness Of God

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Puritanism is a religion that believes man is inherently flawed. The practicing Puritans focus on outward manifestation of inner goodness and try to keep up appearances of not losing sight of their faith. This ideology placed upon people has detrimental effects to human nature. In both, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, by Mary Rowlandson, explore themes of hypocrisy and prejudice. On one hand we have Mr. Hooper who is on receiving end of such transgressions, while Mary Rowlandson is an individual enacting those same transgressions of hypocrisy and prejudice. The roots of the attitudes expressed in both works are found in Puritanism. Puritanism is rooted in the doctrine of “What would Jesus do”, however the flaw within this ideology is found in the fact that Jesus was perfect. This dismisses and does not support their view of man being born into sin, how can an individual exemplify actions of perfection? For instance, Reverend Mr. Hooper has a topical change in his appearance, he is wearing a black veil, and this leads to his community to express their discomfort with the change. The townspeople were too engaged in “the mystery concealed behind it, supplied a topic for discussion”, which reveals how the townsfolk care more about an object instead of Mr. Hooper. His veil leads his peers to assuming that he is ashamed of a malignant action committed which is revealed when his wife Elizabeth confronts him. She tells…

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