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The Ministers Black Veil a literary masterpiece written by Nathaniel Hawthorne was a divergent parable for the period it was written Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote as an anti-transcendentalist in the transcendentalist period as a result his views in writings were mostly pessimistic considering his familys sinfulness Hawthornes grandfather was a judge in the Salem witch trails for that reason he was responsible for over twenty innocent deaths by mistrial In addition a reader can easily see the pessimism in his writing and many hypothesize that his familys past has a part in his style In the The Ministers Black Veil Hawthorne shows a great deal of pessimism through a minister who feels that he is too sinful to show his face The minister Mr Hopper has many hidden sins furthermore hidden sins is the main theme of the parable Hawthorne develops the theme of hidden sins through his main character Mr Hopper Mr Hopper a minister wears a black veil that resembles a man hiding his past sins Many people do not understand or even accept the veil over his face Hawthorne pictures the parson wearing the black veil and delivering his sermon along with a confused congregation including a elder woman who says I dont like itHe has changed himself into something awful only by hiding his face294 Others cry Our parson is going mad294 The sermon in which he speaks that day is darker than usual294 and also gives a gloomy feeling The parson speaks of a secret sin the audience soon relates the sermon to why he is wearing his black veil The congregation feels that the sermon is given by someone else through Mr Hoppers body As a result the ministers black veil is the talk of the town after the disturbing sermon In the next section of the parable Mr Hopper fronts the bewildered town at a funeral of a young lady The parson is
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