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The Minister's Black Veil: Short Story, Hawthorne, Nathaniel

The Minister's Black Veil: Short Story

Authors: Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Publisher: HarperPerennial Classics
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000
ISBN: 9781443435000, Related ISBNs: 1443435007, 9781443435000
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 25
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis:

Overnight, Reverend Hooper has taken to wearing a translucent, but dark veil. Believing the veil to be symbolic of his sin, Hooper refuses to remove it, and wears it throughout the rest of his life.

Like the majority of Hawthorne’s stories, “The Minister’s Black Veil” is an allegorical criticism of Puritan beliefs. Hawthorne may have been inspired by clergyman Joseph Moody, who accidentally killed his friend and, in response, wore a black veil until his own death.

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