Character Analysis in The Minister's Black Veil

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"Did he seek to hide it from the dread Being whom he was addressing?..."   (The Minister's Black Veil)

The capitalization of “Being” indicates that Hawthorne is alluding to God. If Reverend Hooper wishes to hide his face from God, this most likely means Hooper has committed a sin and is ashamed to show his face to God.

"catching a glimpse of his figure in the looking-glass..."   (The Minister's Black Veil)

This is an indication that even Reverend Hooper, who knows exactly why he put on the veil, cannot help but react fearfully to the sight of himself covered by the veil. Its influence is all-pervasive, affecting both the wearer and those who view it. He offers himself as a sacrifice to exhibit the existence of his sins publicly in order to symbolize his own and the sins of others.