The presence of symbolism also aides in the conveyance of the recurring themein the story: hidden sin. It is this very point that Hooper is trying to make when he firstwears the veil. While on his death-bed, Hooper remarks that he should only be deemeda monster for wearing the veil only when man no longer hides his sin. Through thisstatement, he finally reveals the meaning of the cloth he wears; it represents those evildeeds men have hidden deep inside, away from the visible world. Supporting this,Sarah Wright remarks, “The veil...becomes an emblem of the passion for concealmentthat afflicts all humans to a greater or lesser degree” (Wright 167). With his last spokenwords, Hooper emphasises that everyone has a form of secret sin. He says, “[He looks]around [him] and lo! on every visage a black veil” (Hawthorne 307). This was Hooper’slegacy, to prove that even though they do not wear a black veil, everyone has doneevils of the darkest nature, known only by God and themselves. The symbol of his veil isthe focal point of the theme and plays a part in contributing to the Puritan setting.Through the use of symbols, Hawthorne exhibits the Puritan attitude towardchange in his story. At this period in time, those belonging to the Puritan religion werenot exactly prone to abandoning tradition. An old woman in the story states, “He haschanged himself into something awful, only by hiding his face” (Hawthorne 300). Her statement is a perfect example of how behaving in an even slightly unorthodox manner was heavily frowned upon by the Puritans. At one point in the story, the narrator reflectsthat, out of all the busybodies and impertinent people, no one dared ask Hooper abouthis veil. The narrators description of the people’s judgemental nature, especiallytowards the veil, strengthens the Puritan atmosphere and contributes to the setting.