Themes And Differences In The Minister's Black Veil

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Why do people fear what they do not know or understand? When people buy into the idea or illusion that the world is only black and white, gray is often misunderstood and not accepted. Small changes or differences are not always welcomed among the hearts and minds of the people who view the world as either black or white. This is clearly the case in “The Minister’s Black Veil”, the wearing of the veil is misunderstood and not accepted amongst the people. I chose “The Minister’s Black Veil” because of the sheer mystery the black veil provides. I believe the story is relevant because in this life there are many people who wear an “invisible” black veil and think that their sin is hidden because of it; everybody has some kind of issue or skeletons …show more content…
I think its studied because of the moral of the story, which is secret sin, and it shines a light on sin and how people have the tendency to focus so much on others and what they are doing or not doing and neglect their own issues. In Nathaniel Hawthorn’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” the “symbolic” black veil could have many different meanings; the veil could mean hiding oneself from the world, seeing the world through darkness, hiding one’s face from the shame of committing sin and running from the reality of not being perfect. The black veil is a symbol of many different road blocks and facades people use to hide who they really are and the secret sin they indulge in.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, born Nathaniel Hathorne in 1804 on the fourth of July in Salem, Massachusetts. He was the only boy and second of three children born to Nathaniel Hathrone and Elizabeth Clarke Manning Hathorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne has ancestral ties to the first puritan settlers of Massachusetts where one was a judge in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692; Hawthorne added the “w” to the his last name to hide his lineage connection to the Hathorne’s . As a young child at the tender age of 4 his father died of yellow fever
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This short story was inspired by a clergyman who killed his friend on accident and could not live with it and then decided to alter his appearance, Hawthorne took that and put his own little spin on it and got “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Hawthorne started writing about sin due to all the guilt he felt from what his ancestors did to the Quakers and at the Salem witch trials. This story takes place in Milford, somewhere in New England, it’s ironic that the setting of this piece is where the clergyman is from who inspired the

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