The Ministers Black Veil Symbolism - Nathaniel Hawthorne
THE BLACK VEIL
The black veil covers almost all of Mr. Hooper's face. While people can still see his faint smiles, they fear the veil and what it means. Allegorically, the veil is a symbol of the sin that separates people from God, and from each other. Since every person sins, every person is separated from perfection by the guilt and secrecy of their own veiled sins. Hooper’s veil gave the Puritans the opportunity for a scapegoat to fear, rather than deal with their own inherent sinful natures.
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