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Most people dream of a utopian society a society which cannot exist because people lean toward the universal problems of judgment and revenge while struggling with guilt jealousy and insecurity Nathaniel Hawthorne unquestionably articulates his acquaintance with these human characteristics and documents his insights in several thought provoking short stories and novels where many of the characters either succumb or meet the challenge of dealing with theses problems He exposes these flaws of humanity in three memorable stories - The Ministers Black Veil The Birthmark and The Scarlet Letter In The Ministers Black Veil a highly welcomed Minister decides to wear a black veil to show the sins everyone hides inside The Birthmark introduces a scientist who despises his wifes small birthmark on her beautiful face and wishes to remove it The Scarlet Letter tells the tale of an adulteress affair between a young woman and a local reverend along with how their different ways of expressing their guilt lead to two different experiences and existences Hawthornes eloquent writing offers readers the opportunity to glimpse at how destructiveness qualities of insecurity judgment and revenge lead to roads of disaster which can destroy people In The Ministers Black Veil the town minister Mr Hooper dons a black veil that entirely conceals his features except the mouth and chin Minister 179 Mr Hooper takes on the life task of acting as a mirror to the people around him reflecting the conscious and well being of each individual soul Upon attending his first sermon people shuffle around bobbing their heads to catch a slight glimpse of Mr Hooper The entire congregation from the most innocent girl and the man of most harden breast can feel Mr Hooper creep upon them behind his awful veil and discover their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought during his oration 180 Everyone wants to discover the secret that he hides behind the black veil One superstitious woman believes he has made a
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