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Nathaniel Hawthornes two short stories The Ministers Black Veil and Lady Eleanores Mantle cover the same thematic topic but are opposite in approach and differ in the symbols used Both the veil that Parson Hooper wears and the mantle that dons the head of Lady Eleanore deal with issue of guilt The differences between the two however lie in the wearers of the articles and their attitudes towards their own guilt Parson Hooper wears the cloth because he realizes his sinful nature and desires humility by trying to cover it up Lady Eleanore on the other hand wears the charming mantle as a prideful showcase of her wealth and heritage In The Ministers Black Veil the minister Parson Hooper puts on a black veil to hide his face from his parishioners Hawthorne has Hooper wearing this veil for two reasons First Hooper veils himself to symbolize the faade of righteousness and decency that the townspeople have raised while their true nature is quite the opposite Secondly the minister seeing himself as sinful wears the veil as an act of confession to the people of the town Hawthornes purpose for the veil is to point out that all people who hide their sins inside wear a veil that covers their soul instead of their face The parsons veil hides his face Hawthorne uses the face as the window of the soul from everyone else as well as from himself Likewise the parishioners invisible veils cover their sins from the rest of the community and from themselves - when they chance to look inward The parishioners could not even sense the guilt of their sins because of the veil that covered their hearts The people in the town see the minister as hiding a great sin behind the veil however they do not sense that they too are hiding many sins underneath veils of their own Finally Hawthorne drives home the point when he has the minister
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