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Throughout life many people and many things are covered or hidden never showing the full truth It may be because of shame horror or just simply for the good of what could happen it the truth was revealed It the stories The Great Carbuncle The Ministers Black Veil and Rappaccinis Daughter someone or something was hidden This can be supported by symbols which are phrases or events that symbolize something but dont always clearly show it Its not always how they are hiding themselves but sometimes what they are hiding fromIn The Great Carbuncle seven men and a woman are in search of a brilliant gem The gem symbolizes greed because all eight of the seekers want it for themselves and will do anything to get it instead of sharing the beauty with others Towards the beginning of the story Hawthorne writes and either robe themselves in clouds or tower naked into the sky referring to forest trees This symbolizes the secrecy of what truly lies ahead and between the seekers and their treasure Later a seeker says The pursuit alone is my strength--the energy of my soul--the warmth of my blood and the pith and marrow of my bones Were I to turn my back upon it I should fall down dead on hither side of the Notch which is the gate-way of this mountain region This also symbolizes secrecy because he is hiding the fact that searching for the Great Carbuncle is the only thing that keeps him going and it is what he lives for meaning he is greedy These symbols prove that secrecy can be a good thing and hide from you bad things to come and it also shows that it can hide the unproud truth such as the seekers greediness It shows that sometimes secrecy is good because it is protecting you from the truth and sometimes
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