Hawthorne, "The Minister's Black Veil"

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Hawthorne, "The Minister's Black Veil"

  1. 1.  1804-1864 Anti-Transcendentalist • Evil = strong force in the world • Gloomy outlook on life/mankind Bornin Salem, MA  Puritan family • Ancestor was a judge in Salem witchcraft trials  Hawthorne’s life & writing were influenced by an inherited sense of guilt; haunted by the cruelty of his ancestors
  2. 2.  The Scarlet Letter • Novel about sin, guilt, adultery The House of the Seven Gables • Novel about guilt, atonement; supernatural, witchcraft “The Minister’s Black Veil” • Short story about secrets and sin
  3. 3. Astory with both a literal and symbolic meaning Simple,usually short, story that teaches a moral lesson  Fable = animals  Parable = human beings
  4. 4.  Something that has meaning in itself while also standing for something greater • Ex: In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” there is a literal veil covering his face, but it also represents a deeper idea (a symbolic meaning)

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