Essay on The Minister 's Black Veil

1070 Words Nov 16th, 2014 null Page
Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American writer who wrote many works from novels to short stories. He is well known for the novel “The Scarlet Letter” and the short story “The Minister’s Black Veil”. In the short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” there are many themes that are apparent and help to understand life and how people interact. , these are some that I found very relatable to: insecurity, friendship, and guilt. The most noticeable theme that I took away from the short story would be the insecurity that the minister showed by hiding behind the veil. The story said, “On a nearer view it seemed to consist of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features, except the mouth and chin…” (937). This was his disguise because he had something to hide. I believe he is trying to hide his sins from the rest of the church. This could have been what the generation thought about their wrong doings, that they should be hidden and stored away. They must have thought that by putting their sins away, they were erasing it. Sadly, everyone still sees it. That is why everyone would stand around and talk the minister. He must have thought by hiding behind the veil he would be erasing his sins, but everyone still talks and they can see behind his veil. They would rather see the real minister and not the minister that hides behind a veil. The congregation said things like “I don’t like it..” (937), “… and I would not be alone with him for the world…” (939), and “Our parson has gone…

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