There are a number of ways to interpret the relationship between the townspeople and the minister. Falling Action The people in the room look at each other in fright. He speaks in a dry monotone manner that creates nothing but tiredness and nonchalance for the listeners. Hooper performs a wedding ceremony, and his black veil casts darkness over the union. He claimed it was a sign of his sorrows and refused to remove it. I think that this is a really nice, cool and different short story. A saint and a prophet? This story made me think a lot about how society functions.
But, he was met with bewildered looks as the crowd avoided him. A group of clergymen, including the young Reverend Clark, gather around Hooper and praise him for his moral reputation. But the interpretation of the story generally rests on some moral assessment or explanation of the minister's symbolic self-veiling. Some say that Hooper is mad or eccentric, while most people are simply afraid of him. But even Elizabeth is more concerned with appearances and the effects of gossip than the abstract belief that everyone has sins. Hooper had on a black veil. Unlike in , the reader has no idea whether or not Hooper is guilty of some awful sin.
Hooper, arriving at church with an ugly black veil covering his face. I really like this book and don't keep secret sins! In wearing the veil Hooper presents the isolation that everybody experiences when they are chained down by their own sins. This could be a reason for his black veil. Swathed about his forehead, and hanging down over his face, so low as to be shaken by his breath, Mr. Los Altos, California: William Kaufmann, Inc. He begs Elizabeth to spend her life with him, adding that he is terrified of being alone, and that when they are reunited in the afterlife, his veil will come off. Hooper leans over the body, seemingly in communication.
American Romantic writers differ than the European romanticism writers. Hooper, in particular, seems to be trying to atone for a sin he has committed, and sees the veil as appropriate punishment for whatever it is he did. Parson Hooper is precise, thoughtful, and neat. The story begins with Mr. The veil, as one might expect, has a chilling effect on his hearers and acquaintances. He is no longer invited to dinner, people do not want to walk next to him or talk with him for very long, and his fiancee leaves him.
For everyone each secret i The black veil is a Nathaniel Hawthorne's story of sin. Their pride causes them similar problems and they end up living similar lives, although they came from different backgrounds A Comparison of The Ministers Black Veil and the Birthmark Both of these stories revolve around a lot of symbolism. The main character in The Minister's Black Veil is the minister himself, Mr. This leads to a life of isolation for Mr. Hooper is pained that the townspeople avoid him, and gives up his customary walks to the graveyard because he is conscious that he frightens others. As he turned, a sad smile crept from underneath his veil. The theme of secret sin comes out most forcefully at the end.
The people of the city is afraid of him and no one knows why he uses it. Why does Hawthorne choose black for the veil? Do not leave me in this miserable obscurity forever! His lover, Elizabeth, attempts to uncover the mystery that none had yet been able to solve. American Romantic writers differ than the European romanticism writers. It is but a mortal veil--it is not for eternity! Hooper without the black veil. Hooper initially gives a sermon about sin, and he later attends the funeral of a woman.
It is for this reason that he is received with such undisguised amazement when he appears one Sunday morning for services with his face covered by an eerie black crape veil. Finally, other critics have claimed that the minister had committed a grave offense, such as adultery with the girl whose funeral he attended, and this was the reason that he could not tell Elizabeth what his crime had been. Analysis: That humankind is universally afflicted with the so-called seven deadly sins pride, covetousness, lust, envy, gluttony, anger, and sloth There are a number of ways to interpret the relationship between the townspeople and the minister. Being a traditional example for the community, the minister thus implies that everyone should do the same. Hooper wears a veil that covers the top half of his face. In the next section of the parable, Mr. Firstly, the veil can be seen as a means of dehumanising the minister, which makes him more of a religious authority rather than a mere man: he becomes the faith rather than a representative of it.
Descendants of dissenting groups who left England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to escape persecution, the Puritans maintained a rigid society built on faith and fear of a vengeful God. Clark tries to get Father Hooper to remove the veil before he dies, and Hooper suddenly grabs the veil and holds it tightly to his face. California: Nineteenth Century Fiction, 1969: 182. It is a shield, one for his own protection and that of his fellows. Hooper becomes such an ominous, terrifying figure around town gives him more credibility as a fiery minister. Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil? It was time to unveil Mr. The only person who does not shun him is his fiancée, Elizabeth.
In his review of , Poe also reveals a disdain for allegory, a tool which Hawthorne uses extensively. These literature pieces are all connected because of their theme being about secret sin. When he refuses to remove the veil, Elizabeth leaves him. We get the point Mr. His fiancee, Elizabeth, urges him to remove the veil. Hooper remarks, ''I look around me, and, lo! Contact us via or Visit our for recommended works, supporting literacy instruction across all grade levels.