A third group of people deny or distort their experiencing of the situation. Nathaniel Hawthorne uses lots of symbolism and figure of speech to clarify the ministers reasoning for the black veil over his face. It is the fear of their deepest, darkest secret sins being found out that leads members of Mr. The Minister started wearing this veil on the day this girl died. The clergyman stepped into the room where the corpse was laid, and bent over the coffin, to take a last farewell of his deceased parishioner. Hooper stands before his congregation in a small Puritan town. The veil, as one might expect, has a chilling effect on his hearers and acquaintances.
See grades 9—10 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations. In wearing the veil Hooper presents the isolation that everybody experiences when they are chained down by their own sins. What that is, is to elevate the imagination over reason. Characteristics Of this literature piece would include subjectivity and an emphasis on individualism. In the next section of the parable, Mr. Hawthorne wrote many famous texts, including The Scarlet Letter, Young Goodman Brown, and Rappaccini's Daughter. But as outsiders to the Puritan world albeit experts due to our extensive research , we must ask, how effective was it.
Although today is a much different society, there are still many examples of hidden sins in our society. It takes place on a Sunday at church when suddenly a man with a black veil shows up. The story provides an intriguing case of the moral and psychological facet of a religious man and his community during New England and Puritan Age. Through the story, Hawthorne introduces the reader to Mr. Analysis Though some may wonder why Hooper chooses to wear the veil, the reason is not a central point of the story. While Nathaniel Hawthorne is probably best known for his novels and The House of Seven Gables, his archive of short stories is actually quite extensive.
These literature pieces are all connected because of their theme being about secret sin. The people of Milford shuddered when the reverend passed, and marked him as a social outcast, but why. Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society. The author Nathaniel Hawthorne shows how one symbol can be interpreted into many ways and lead to many sub-topics. The veil covered his eyes, which made everyone fear of him and become curious as to why he was wearing that veil. The only people who do want to speak at length to him are those who believe they are under the veil with him - the sinners of the community, the tormented of conscience, and the dying.
These stories, since they really don't make a lot of sense on their own, force the reader to look deeper in an attempt to understand the ideas that Hawthorne tries to get across. The alienation of the minister is emphasized through the use of explicit and implicit tensions involving the minister and his environment. Why did the townspeople decide to keep him around? He wrote many things throughout his life. Georgiana has the birthmark if the shape of a hand, and the black veil that Hooper wore. However, there are people in the world who develop hatred towards others for committing mistakes when they themselves have done wrong. Their fear of sin leads them to label many pleasures as sinful. He wears it to a funeral where it should have been appropriate, but it makes the funeral even more frightening for attendees.
Hawthorne explored Puritan themes to make comments about nineteenth-century society and what he saw as puritanical principles in an allegedly civil, open society. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and help students develop greater understanding of literary structures. The black veil came between Elizabeth and Father Hooper, causing him to wear it for eternity. The breakdown of their relationship symbolizes how hidden sins and secrets can ruin relationships even between the closest of lovers. It is the intent of this essay to explore both types of conflict as presented in the story. In this short story, Minister Mr.
He shoots up in bed with the last of his energy and tells everyone that their faces hold their own black veils. It hurt him when children ran from him, and when rumors surfaced of a terrible crime he was hiding. Hooper gives a powerful sermon about the idea of secret sin. As he is getting older he feels doubt in his mind, and Reverend Clark is by his side. The life of the secret-carrier will be devastated, along with the lives of that person's most loved ones. He is also a very interesting writer to analyze due to the psychological complexity of his work. One sin is adultery or extra-marital relations.
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. However, in most cases one is making judgments about someone without even knowing a person at all. Contact us via or Visit our for recommended works, supporting literacy instruction across all grade levels. Take it not amiss, beloved friend, if I wear this piece of crepe till then. Hooper eventually becomes known as Father Hooper, and serves until he is on his deathbed from old age.
Hooper was treated as though he was a threat revealing to the people that they too, hid behind masks. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution. She then proceeds to ask her about why he is wearing the veil. However, in their quest to eradicate sin, many members of the Puritan community lead hypocritical lives; others committed sin in order to protect the community like the judges in the Salem Witch Trials. In considering the two, it may be that they do indeed hold a message, but maybe that message is not one that Hawthorne himself could ever have intended. No one dare ask the minister to remove the veil or explain its presence except for his fiancee.