As an illustration of the characteristic creative technique of Hawthorne can be considered one of the most enigmatic and controversial stories of the writer The Minister’s Black Veil. The priest of one of the parishes in New England, Mr. Hooper, on one of the Sunday services appears with a black veil on his face and doesn’t take it off until his death. This part of the dark matter inspires all inexplicable fear mixed with curiosity, but no one dares to ask Mr. Hooper about the reason for his action. Despite the fact that the pastor was still courteous and friendly, and behaves as before, everybody avoids his company. His fiancée Elizabeth also terminates a relationship with him. The only exceptions are penitents who wish to confess only to Mr. Hooper, and no one else. Even on his deathbed, the priest does not allow to remove a black veil.
Analysis of a short story The Minister’s Black Veil leads to the conclusion that the communication mediated by the sign is thought by Hawthorne as the only possible thing in an environment where everyone is the sovereign in his or her privacy, is not available to others, and separated from them. The veil in the novel stands as a sign, the meaning of which can be manifested only thanks to the surrounding audience, when and if they want to identify it. As a potential sign, the veil will exist until someone is able to perceive it the way, as suggested by the main character of the novel, pastor Hooper, until the intention of the priest and the point of view of the audience will not match as a potential mark. In all other cases, the black veil of a minister is a certain object or act (because not the veil itself is important, but the act of wearing the veil) that can be interpreted, but is not amenable to interpretation. Lifetime performance can be perceived by the audience as the show, which is not entirely clear and played out for unclear reason. It alienates the minister from the people than unites them, but the audience itself the performance is defended until the end as the only acceptable mode of contact.
Obviously, for the writer himself such a mode of communication is highly relevant. From the point of view of Hawthorne, revelations about yourself, your life and deeds do not make the inner world of the author more understandable and accessible to the audience. Only by revealing yourself indirectly through your works and characters, each time as if acting out a play, a writer can truly speak confidentially with the public. Allegory is the only acceptable way for him to communicate with the readers, which does not guarantee, however, mutual understanding.
As an illustration of the characteristic creative technique of Hawthorne can be considered one of the most enigmatic and controversial stories of the writer The Minister’s Black Veil. The priest of one of the parishes in New England, Mr. Hooper, on one of the Sunday services appears with a black veil on his face and doesn’t take it off until his death.