The biggest and most important part of this story is the veil, which also is a symbol. A symbol gives meaning to an object that is recognized by cultural context, and one of the things it represents in this story is sins. The veil is almost like a mirror for the people looking at it, because they might start thinking of their own sins. This might be the reason why people can not stand the veil and that they do not want to look at it. In the beginning of the story, there is a lot of gossip about the veil. People wonder if there is a reason for wearing it, if he has done something awful to get the veil or if he know something about other people than himself. The veil also represents the dark side of humanity, because of all the sins in this world. It represents the dark for the minister as well, because he gets trapped behind this veil, like a prison, for his whole life.