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The Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne
Perhaps the most phenomenal part of Nathaniel Hawthorneâ€™s work is his ability to tie together the intricacies of writing while getting the most out of every paragraph. Combine the effect of each individual paragraph of his work and you get some very powerful and forceful writing that goes well beyond fundamental principles. While the Scarlet Letter is certainly one of his more legendary works, there are elements of the story that tie directly into some of his shorter works. One of his most recognizable ...view middle of the document...
One of the last sentences of the story is â€œThe fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame. As the last crimson tint of the birthmarkâ€”that sole token of human imperfectionâ€”faded from her cheek, the parting breath of the now perfect woman passed into the atmosphere, and her soul, lingering a moment near her husband, took its heavenward flightâ€(Hawthorne, â€œBirthmarkâ€ 99). Georgiana dies as her husband hears some laughter that he cannot find nor comprehend. There is no clear allusion in the story as to what this is about, so any analysis of this quote is subjective. However, the birthmark is first looked upon in the story as imperfection of natureâ€™s beauty, and the effects of this quote are significant. If you believe it was nature that was laughing upon Aylmerâ€™s failure to truly comprehend and understand its ways and his belief that the birthmark was an imperfection of natureâ€™s beauty, then you can see the ominous and ever lasting effects of nature has on Aylmerâ€™s quest. It controls him and his quest from above. Itâ€™s clear this laughter had some sort of external affect on the story itself.
The Ministerâ€™s Black Veil is a story that depends solely on interpretation of the characters within the story. The black veil itself means nothing, itâ€™s the interpretations of the veil that rely on the Puritan communityâ€™s perceptions, mainly those relating to sin, that catalyze this story.
The idea of sin plays a role in his life until the moment he dies. Because of how he preaches about sin and refuses to take off the veil, many automatically assume that his veil expresses his sin. While he is a reverend until the day he dies, there is no doubt that this idea of sin changed how he was viewed. Initially he was thought to have â€œa good reputation of a good preacher, but not an energetic one: he strove to win his people heavenward by the thunders of the Wordâ€ (Hawthorne, â€œMinisterâ€™s Black Veilâ€ 23). Now, he was one who had to ask the question: â€œWhat, but the mystery which it obscurely typifies, has made this piece of crape so awful?â€(Hawthorne, â€œMinisterâ€™s Black Veilâ€ 33). He went from calm, respectable preacher to one who people doubted and were even afraid of. This change in how people view him is also shown by how he is also doubted in the quote â€œhe spent a long life, irreproachable in outward act, yet shrouded in dismal suspicions; kind and loving, though unloved and dimly feared; a man apart from men, shunned in their health and joy, but ever summoned to their aid in mortal anguishâ€ (Hawthorne, â€œMinisterâ€™s Black Veilâ€ 30). People never trust him because of this idea of sin that hovered around him and how casually he viewed it. Due to Puritan superstition about sin, the situation only worsened.
Context is very important in evaluating his life; the setting...