Paper: An Analysis of The Minister's Black Veil, a Story by Nathaniel Hawthorne

As with some people, Mr. Hooper believes that he can be rid of hisguilt through suffrage. " And if | cover it (his face) for secret sin, what mortal might not do the same" (Hawthorne 224). The pastor also signifies sorrow. His melancholy ways show how sad he truly is. “With self-shuddering and outward terrors, he walked continually in its (veil) shadow, groping darklywithin his own soul “ (Hawthorne 225). Mr. Hooper is an important symbol in the allegorical meaning ofthe story. The veil that reverend Hooper so reverently wore throughout his life was a symbol of evil andisolation. It can be said, that as humans we associate black, and hiding with evil. The reverend, byhiding his face with the black piece of crepe caused people to believe that he had done something wrong. “There was nothing terrible in what Mr. Hooper said, at least, no violence, and yet, with every tremor ofhis melancholy voice, the hearers quaked" (Hawthorne 221). The hiding of the reverend's face by the veilcaused people to assume that he had done some evil deed and they therefore isolated him from theircliques. On any normal Sunday, Mr. Hooper would be invited to spend time with many people; however, theveil took him away from the congregation, they feared that which they could not see. "He has changedhimself into something awful, only by hiding his face" (Hawthorne 220). It can therefore be concludedthat a modest veil made a good man seem evil, and henceforth isola!ted him from the people for whom he cared so deeply. As can be seen, a simple story can easily represent much more than is obvious. Within this oneparticular tale, one can see that the three aforementioned items carry with them an allegorical meaning,greater than can be expressed in the story. The veil, the parson, and the congregation, all cometogether in the end to remind one to be wary of sin, for you must carry the burden for life....