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Hawthorns Pride of Intellect Many of Hawthornes characters wrap themselves in a pride of intellect The characters become victims of their pride and consequently suffer Goodman Brown from Young Goodman Brown and Hooper from The Ministers Black Veil are two characters that suffer from a pride of intellect Their pride causes them similar problems and they end up living similar lives although they came from different backgrounds Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society Hooper had a revelation and he feels that he truly understands human nature and sin However he believes that he is above everybody else because he has this understanding This is what causes the major separation between Hooper and society After Hooper dawns the veil he can no longer function or act as a normal person because of this feeling of superiority His perception of an ultimate human isolation leaves him the man most isolated in what Hawthorne describes as that saddest of all prisons his own heart The Ministers Black Veil228 The veil affects all parts of his life his fiance leaves him and he can no longer relate to his congregation the same way As a result of wearing the veil Hooper becomes a man apart isolated from love and sympathy suspected and even feared by his congregationMinisters Black Veil 228 Goodman Brown suffers the same fate because he also has a feeling of superiority over the rest of the village He attains this feeling after he sees all the people that he though were good and pure participating in satanic rituals in the forest He looses all faith in the community and feels as though he is above them because he was able to resist the devil The lack or trust trusting that Goodman Brown had separated him from the community because he was a strong Puritan and felt as though he could not associate devil worshipers Brown despairing and embittered
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