The Ministers Black Veil

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Nathaniel Hawthorne was an intelligent man, which who also and a nervous breakdown. He won a lot of awards, but “he became increasingly dissatisfied, as if his dark insights in the human heart cast gloom into his own.” (Daniels 296) He became into a human that would give his heart to the devil. He wouldn’t talk to anyone and would just walk the village minding his own business. Hawthorne consumed many stories and poems for example, “In 1837, Hawthorne emerged to publish a collection of stories, twice-told tales.” (296) After his dark stage disappeared, he then started to make more stories. He thought that if his gloomy stage was gone, then he could produce way more stories than usual. In Hawthorne’s stories, he uses setting, which is, “The time and location where the action takes place. (1200) Hawthorne uses setting in mostly all of his stories. He lets the reader know where the story is taking place as well as the location. All this leads up to the conclusion of the theme. The theme that one cannot judge another by the physical features they obtain in, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” is shown through the Puritan time period, the small village of Milford, and the Milford Meeting House. De La GarzaPg. 2


The theme that one cannot judge another by the physical features they obtain is shown through the Puritan time period by the Milford villager’s self-point of view towards the black veil. “Spruce bachelors looked sidelong at the pretty maidens, and fancied that the Sabbath Sunshine made them prettier than on week days.” They are getting ready for the church activities and to pray with the preacher. The young and old, men and women all gather and celebrate the greatest tradition in the Puritan’s takes. “Sabbath Sunshine.” They all have the same conclusion on why Mr. Hooper has the black veil. “The opening paragraph of the story presents the town of Milford on a typical Sunday morning as the community gathers for...
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