Young Goodman Brown and Other Hawthorne Short Stories

Character Self-Distruction

What is the Character Self-Distruction in "The Minister's Black Veil"

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Hopper eventually dies and is buried with his black veil, his eyes forever covered. Did he mean to die in order to prove a point about sin inherent in all people? If so, are the townspeople heading for self-destruction by hiding their own sins from themselves and God?