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Sin is an issue that every human being has to deal with at one time or another in his or her lifetime Sin is dealt with in many ways Some people try to hide their sins some try to push them aside and some try to deal with their sins in a more conventional way The largest place for confessing sins in the world is the confessional booth at a church People go to tell their sins and feel cleansed afterwards But what happens when a man who hears confessions day after day sins himself There is no confession booth for the man to go to He must deal with his sin in his own way a way that will leave him feeling cleansed Mr Hooper in the parable or short story The Ministers Black Veil dawns a black veil to deal with his sins The themes in the story that I chose to explore were character Mr Hooper being a minister And I also chose to talk about symbolism The fact that Mr Hoopers veil is black is symbolic The shuddering corpse is also a symbol of Hoopers wrongdoing When Mr Hooper puts the black veil on he is no longer Mr Hooper he is a man that everyone is a afraid of His relationship with Elizabeth is ruined because of his unwillingness to remove the veil She cannot accept the fact that the minister must go the rest of his life without revealing his true face After his first sermon he did not go to Old Squire Saunders table to bless the food as he had done almost every Sunday since his settlement As Hooper is dying near the end of the story he is alone and says men avoided me and women shown no pity and children screamed and fled328 while others say he was kind and loving though unloved a man apart from men327 The theme of symbolism is demonstrated numerous
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