What literary elements are used in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The most obvious is that of symbol.  The black veil symbolizes the dark side of all human nature and is intended to make a statement to the congregation of Reverend Hooper.  It works as far as making him a better minister, but it backfires on him when he refuses to remove it.  Everyone...including his fiancee, begins to doubt him and wonder what sin he is hiding.

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jojo052 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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The most obvious is that of symbol.  The black veil symbolizes the dark side of all human nature and is intended to make a statement to the congregation of Reverend Hooper.  It works as far as making him a better minister, but it backfires on him when he refuses to remove it.  Everyone...including his fiancee, begins to doubt him and wonder what sin he is hiding. BUT no one really knows if he commited a sin or if he is just making an example out of himself so someone else will understand what he's been working so hard to do . which is that the " all knowing " knows everything you do , the people should not try to hide sin because there is no " hiding " sin .

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