Symbolism in a Good Man Is Hard to Find

Symbolism for The Minister's Black Veil
The Black Veil
This symbolizes the denial of sin before God. In a time and culture focused on religion, this struck the people around him as being unacceptable. When someone dies , their "veil" is removed in a way because God can see and pass judgement on their sins.
The People
At first they, the people, appear to symbolize the light , innocence , and holiness in the world, but as you read on it becomes apparent that they symbolize a further denial. The people are not accepting that they are committing the same sins as Mr. Hooper.
The Church Bell
This symbolizes the bright mood of the morning. it also sets an initial ,open atmosphere , making the veil more jarring.
Symbolism for The Minister's Black Veil
Danyelle K., Brianna G. Ally C., Emmy H., Alfredo R.
"The sexton stood in the porch of Milford meeting house, pulling lustily at the bell rope. The old people of the village came stooping along the street. Children, with bright faces, tripped merrily beside their parents... " (pg.470)
" ...When he prayed that they, and himself, and all of mortal race might be ready, as he trusted this young maiden had been, for the dreadful hour that should snatch the veil from their faces."(pg. 475)
"Come, good sir, let the sun shine from behind the cloud. First lay irst, Hooper veils himself to symbolize the façade of righteousness and decency that the townspeople have raised while their true nature is quite the opposite. Secondly, the minister, seeing himself as sinful, wears the veil as an act of confession to the people of the town. Hawthorne’s purpose for the veil is to point out that all people who hide their sins inside wear a veil that covers their soul instead of their face. The parson’s veil hides his face (Hawthorne uses the face as the window of the soul) from everyone else as well as from himself. Likewise, the parishioners’ “invisible veils” cover their sins from the rest of the community and from themselves - when...