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Typically a story whether short or long does not reveal its total focus or even hint at its theme until usually at least midway through its discourse To do so would distract the reader from focusing on the story as a whole and instead pre-focus the reader on single mindedly tracking the theme which is not necessarily a bad thing When using parables the intention to pre-focus the reader is usually very clear becoming evident within the title itself and even more-so within some highly-stressed element of the story The title of this story as well as the black veil itself seem to remain the most significant tools utilized by the author to communicate this storys theme The title The Ministers Black Veil while being both literal and metaphorical in its meaning seems to accomplish a few major things in its relation to the rest of the story For one it clearly illustrates the subject and focal point of the story It also isolates one character the minister for the reader to further examine and scrutinize In addition it shows the reader where to focus his or her attention if they are to grasp the storys theme this could be called a nudge in the right direction I suppose Within this story there is no more prominent a focal point than that which is fore mentioned in the title ie the black veil It is an object to be closely examined so as to obtain an understanding of what it represents its effects on the minister and the traits it possesses Though the veil is offered to us in the context of a very specific and individualized situation it is meant to mirror the very same aspect within society as a whole Clearly enough the veil represents something that shouldnt be seen or displayed among public eyes ie sin The veil
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