The Minister's Black Veil

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The Minister's Black Veil
Author Nathaniel Hawthorne
Published 1836-??-??
Type Fiction, Short story
Genre Drama
Themes Drama
Age Group Adult

The Minister's Black Veil is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne and published in 1836. This story is in the public domain.

The story is about a minister who, all of the sudden one day, starts wearing a black veil over his face hiding it from all the townsfolk. People are disturbed by it, but the minister refuses to explain why he's wearing it, and never takes it off, even with his closest loved ones. Even though the minister is the same person inside, people start rumors, friends never visit, and the minister becomes a fright of the town.


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Wanting to expand my comprehension of famous American fiction, I read this short story. I was not impressed.




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I get it, it's the townsfolk who are the real freaks for treating the minister so unkindly over something as simple as a little black veil. But this moral is pretty simplistic, and, never revealing the purpose of the veil, is kind of a middle-finger to the reader.


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