How does Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" show individualism?

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Though much of "The Minister's Black Veil" actually focuses on what unites humanity -- our inherently sinful natures as well as our universal attempt to hide our true natures from others -- Mr. Hooper emerges as the sole individual in his parish who is willing to acknowledge this truth.

Although his congregation is uncomfortable with the veil from the moment they first see Mr. Hooper wearing it, it is not until after his first sermon that they begin to understand what it signifies.  

The subject [of the sermon] had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even...

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