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The Minister's Black Veil | Study Guide

Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

The story is told by a third-person limited narrator.


"The Minister's Black Veil" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The full title of the short story is "The Minister's Black Veil: A Parable." The story is about a minister who wears a black veil over his face and about what the veil represents. A parable is a story meant to teach a lesson, usually about what is right or wrong. Parables are found frequently in religious texts, including the Bible.


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