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The Scarlet Letter versus The Ministers Black Veil When you compare The Scarlet Letter to The Ministers Black Veil they are quitealike in many ways yet different in many ways Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the followingthemes in his stories Alienation Initiation Problem of Guilt Pride Puritan New England and Allegory The are different because of the settings the length of the storyand the symbols In both stories someone was sinful rather it be the main character or the entiretown In the scarlet letter Hester Prynne was seen as sinful by the towns peopleThe people treated Hester as if she were an outsider and evil because shecommitted the sin of adultery In the Ministers Black Veil the towns people canbe seen as evil and sinful The reason they are thought as evil and sinful is becausethey say things about him because he is wearing the black veil This can be seenwhen Mr Hooper says Why do you tremble at me Cried he turning his veiledface around the circle of pale specters Tremble also at each other Have menavoided me and women shown no pity and children screamed and fled only for myBlack veil What but the mystery which it obscurely typifies has made this pieceof crape so awful When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend the loverto his best beloved when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creatorloathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin then deem me a monster for the symbol beneath which I have lived and die I look around me and lo on every visage a Black Veil In the Scarlet Letter Hester lives with her sin every single day she shows it to the world that she has committed sin Mr Hooper in the Black Veil hides his sins One reason he does this is because he wants to show how people hide their sins every day He wants to show that he has
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