Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories


What is the Sin in "The Minister's Black Veil"

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One day, Parson Hooper, the reverend of Milford, arrives at mass on the Sabbath with a black veil covering his eyes. The townspeople immediately begin to gossip; some say that he has gone mad, while others believe he is covering a shameful sin. Though some may wonder why Hooper chooses to wear the veil, the reason is not a central point of the story. In fact, it is the ambiguity that makes the reaction of the townspeople all the more telling of their own inherent sins and hypocritical nature. While speculating as to what horrific crime the minister must have committed, they overlook their own crimes, both large and small.