The Minister's Black Veil: A Paradigm | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Rosemary Franklin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of The Minister's Black Veil: A Paradigm.
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Critical Essay by Rosemary Franklin

SOURCE: “‘The Minister's Black Veil’: A Parable,” in The American Transcendental Quarterly: A Journal of New England Writers, No. 56, March, 1985, pp. 55-63.

In the following essay, Franklin concentrates on Hawthorne's designation and subtitle of “The Minister's Black Veil” as a parable, speculating on the moral and esoteric implications this may have played in the author's imagery, symbolism, and thematic concerns.

“The Minister's Black Veil” has provoked as wide a range of interpretations as any other fiction by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Some find Hooper a martyr who sacrifices his personal happiness to his calling; others believe him an antichrist who perverts Jesus' teachings of grace.1 But all seem to acknowledge that the meaning of the tale is uncertain...

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