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Explication Brock Parks 5 February 2008 “The nail who sticks out gets hammered.” What is the true meaning and relevance of that classic expression? It is commonly used to mean that those who do not bend to the social expectancies will be treated as outcasts. The same was true in the days of the Salem Witch Trials. The works of Hawthorne seek to show how very true this was in relevance to the trials. In many of his recounting of the witch trials we see how fear drives the people to rash reactions. However, we also see how he took certain artistic liberties in the recounting of his tales. In “The Minister’s Black Veil” we see how a pastor is shunned for his action of wearing a veil to hide his face. We are lead to believe that he is trying to separate himself for personal reasons, but no one seems to be willing to let it go that he is wearing a veil (McIntosh 97). We see no recounting of a veil being a symbol of Satan or witchcraft with Hill though. This is not to say it is not believable though.
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