“The Minister’s Black Veil”
In "The Minister's Black Veil," Hawthorne calls the reader's attention to the veil as using symbols, themes and satire. By creating these types of literary devices in the story it starts to build up shame and guilt leading to secret sin and the destruction of the human soul.
In Hawthorne’s story there are a variety of secrects as well as dark areas. The black veil is a symbol of secret sin. It could represent the secret sin that all people tend to carry in their soul, as well as being a representation of Mr. Hooper's horrific sin. Edgar Allan Poe speculated that Minister Hooper could have had an affair with the young lady who apparently died at the beginning of the story, as this is the first day he wears the veil, and that a crime of dark dye has been committed, is a point which only minds congenial with that of the author will perceive. Also, he is unable to tell his fiancée why he wears the veil due to a vow he has made, and is unwilling to show his face to the young lady Elizabeth even in death. Two funeral attendees see a vision of him walking hand in hand with the girl's spirit.
One of the themes in “The Minister's Black Veil”, readers is likely to recognize the reaction of the townspeople to change, especially when a change is associated with their religion or religious figures. This is clearly not an accepting community and it is worth thinking critically about the way the whole community comes together to shun him. The veil makes the Reverend look dark and gloomy and instantly, even before one day is through the people in town are witnessing supernatural events. It seems there is something to be said about the group mentality of Puritans and their quick tendencies toward superstition. Elizabeth is the only exception to this; she can’t take it and chooses not to marry her love. Part of this is due to the wild rumors...