Gothicism In The Minister's Black Veil

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Gothicism in The Minister’s Black Veil Gothicism is a division of the Romantic period characterized by darkness, mysteriousness, and an obsession with the supernatural. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses these elements in the short story “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Hawthorne wrote this parable while he was obsessed with the Puritan era to show the consequences hypocrisy, greed and arrogance. He wrote this while displaying the religious theme of redemption often used in American literature. In the story one may think of Minister Hooper as a hero because he is able to admit he has sinned. The veil was supposed to cause people to view Mr. Hooper as an idol. However, the veil turns Mr. Hooper into a symbol of evil causing him to further treasure in sin. The story begins with the Gothic element of mysteriousness in the subtitle, A Parable. A parable is a story used to teach a lesson. Due to its religious theme, one could assume that Hawthorne meant to influence the reader in terms of spirituality. Yet mystery lies in the subtitle because the reader is not sure what lesson Hawthorne wanted to express. Many readers of the story would argue that the veil is symbolic of a personal sin that the minister has committed, but Hawthorne writes the story as a parable of hidden guilt…show more content…
The veil that was supposed to make Mr. Hooper an idea turns him into a symbol of evil causing him to further treasure sin. Because of his own arrogance, the veil corrupts him and projects him as a source of evil. While unsure of what specific lesson Hawthorne was trying to teach in writing his parable, many ideas can be gained from this story. The most important that sticks out is that one is enlightened to the fact that we all are guilty of sins and should be able to admit to them. We are taught that one consequence of guilt, hypocrisy and arrogance is displacement from

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