Minister's Black Veil - Poverty in Minister’s Black Veil and in Hawthorne’s Life
How many readers have considered that the utter simplicity within the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” might be an expression or reflection of the utter poverty within the life of Hawthorne? It is the purpose of this essay to clarify this issue.
Hawthorne’s impoverishment probably began with the untimely death of his father, and continued until 1857. He had no money for a college education. Gloria C. Erlich in “The Divided Artist and His Uncles” states that “Robert Manning made the essential decisions in the lives of the Hawthorne children and is well known as the uncle who sent Hawthorne to college” (35). After …show more content…
After terminating the twelve-year self-imposed exile, Nathaniel became secretly engaged in 1838 to Sophia Peabody; he waited for his savings to increase to the point where he could marry. Fortunately, in early 1839, at fifteen hundred dollars per year, Hawthorne obtained a political appointment to the Boston Custom House, where he became a weigher and gauger of salt and