Minister's Black Veil Judgment

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The short parable, The Minister’s Black Veil, demonstrates an accurate understanding of the concept of judgment. Throughout the story, Mr. Hooper, the minister, is ridiculed constantly for presenting an odd image about himself. No longer was he the cheery minister that everyone was accustomed to, but it seemed as if an alternate power overtook him. He became a gloomy man, with little emotion after applying the black veil to himself. Everyone began to speculate and assume that he had become evil. Though everyone had made judgments towards him, these assumptions resulted from an alternate power that Mr. Hooper could not control. With that being said, all of these false assumptions about Mr. Hooper lead him to a gloomy life. This represents…show more content…
Hawthorne basically assumes that the entire United States is uneducated, which is very stereotypical. Hawthorne even goes as far as to publicly criticize his own supreme leader. Though this happens quite often nowadays in small talk, not much will publicly criticize the president. This move was just a matter of arrogance on Hawthorne’s part. All in all, if Hawthorne’s life were transmuted into The Minister’s Black Veil, he would be the one criticizing Mr. Hooper, or the American people in another sense. Reading the Minister’s Black Veil is a great parable to read to identify the act of judgment. Everyone not only has been a victim of judgment, but also one who criticizes. If someone says they do not fall under this category, they are lying. Everyone falls under this, it is in our human nature to instantly point out flaws in someone. In conclusion, characters in The Minister’s Black Veil judge Mr. Hooper too quickly on his appearance, and realistically, we all tend to do this, just as Hawthorne did to

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