The Minister’s Black Veil Allegory



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The Minister’s Black Veil – Allegory

An allegory is a literary work in which characters, events, settings, and other story elements are symbolic to something else. Authors write allegories to teach morals or lessons or to explain things. In the chart below, briefly explain the possible symbolic meaning of each story element listed.


Story element

Symbolism it represents

Black veil


Secret sins of all humans

Pale-faced congregation





The village physician





Elizabeth





The wedding of the town’s most handsomest couple






Mirrors








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