Covered with his black veil, he stood before the chief magistrate, the council, and the representatives, and wrought so deep an impression, that the legislative measures of that year were characterized by all the gloom and piety of our earliest ancestral sway. Since people fear him, they paradoxically are even more inclined to attend his lectures and to follow his words. When she finds out that he is deathly ill she comes to his death bed to be by his side. Elizabeth, who has continued to love Hooper even after leaving him, now takes care of him. When the Reverend Hooper makes the people aware of the darkness. The veil turns into a terrifying mystery involving sin, guilt, and shame.
The central conception of the tale is bizarre, with more than a hint of the gothic, yet the reader does not doubt that these New Englanders are real, that their moral struggles are as urgent as his own. It's simple enough, but the premise is a beautiful, pessimistic view of what everyone deals with throughout their lives. In this context they are right, but need not must they show judgment because they, too, bear sins like the minister. Before the coffin is removed, however, Mr. He was a gentlemanly person and only about 30 years old.
This actually kept him from forming a deeper friendship with his pals, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. His flock, his once bored listeners, never perceive him in the same way again. Hooper shows up one day at church wearing a black veil on his face. A few shook their sagacious heads, intimating that they could penetrate the mystery; while one or two affirmed that there was no mystery at all, but only that Mr. Hooper's actual veil is meant to draw attention to the universality of sin.
Although the members of his congregation recoil or shun him, speculating about what ghastly personal sin has led him to walk thus among them, they come to realize that his veil is a sign of their own sinful natures. So sensible were the audience of some unwonted attribute in their minister, that they longed for a breath of wind to blow aside the veil, almost believing that a stranger's visage would be discovered, though the form, gesture, and voice were those of Mr. In this case, it represents some unnamed secret sin that might have something to do with the dead woman. For my English 201 class, I had to read two short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne - this one and Young Goodman Brown. 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. Elizabeth and the Reverend ask him once again to remove the veil, but he refuses. Do you not feel it so? Why have they trembled to see him, but not to see each other? Hooper wears a veil that covers the top half of his face.
Hawthorne writes, ''Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect, of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman. Hooper makes in the end is that everyone is wearing a veil. They're for you for the rest of your life. Come, good sir, let the sun shine from behind the cloud. Symbolism is a literary tool that writers use to carry meaning throughout their stories and to give their work more depth. Speech What does the character say about others or themselves? All that can be seen is his mouth and the veil moves eerily as his breath disturbs it. Swathed about his forehead, and hanging down over his face, so low as to be shaken by his breath, Mr.
Never did an embassy so ill discharge its duties. 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. Hooper gives a powerful sermon about the idea of secret sin. People started to criticize him and judge him and tell secret thing that were not true about him. Just before Hooper expires, Clark asks him why he does not finally remove the veil and allow himself to be seen. It was strange to observe how slowly this venerable man became conscious of something singular in the appearance of his pastor.
Yet, though so well acquainted with this amiable weakness, no individual among his parishioners chose to make the black veil a subject of friendly remonstrance. Spruce bachelors looked sidelong at the pretty maidens, and fancied that the Sabbath sunshine made them prettier than on week days. Confused, Clark asks Hooper what crime has caused Hooper to hide his face. After seeing himself in the glare, he drops the glass; therefore, the significance of this states that he is scared of his own sinful face. In my opinion, it is important to realize that this parable written by Nathaniel Hawthorne describes sin and its variants. When he wore the black veil he was still himself, but people viewed him differently.
Thus, from beneath the black veil, there rolled a cloud into the sunshine, an ambiguity of sin or sorrow, which enveloped the poor minister, so that love or sympathy could never reach him. Selflessly, Hooper has chosen to wear the veil himself, resulting in a sort of ostracization from his community. Hopper fronts the bewildered town at a funeral of a young lady. The fear ultimately draws from the congregation's thoughts over being saved or not being saved. As he is getting older he feels doubt in his mind, and Reverend Clark is by his side.
All through life that piece of crape had hung between him and the world: it had separated him from cheerful brotherhood and woman's love, and kept him in that saddest of all prisons, his own heart; and still it lay upon his face, as if to deepen the gloom of his darksome chamber, and shade him from the sunshine of eternity. But there was the decorously grave, though unmoved physician, seeking only to mitigate the last pangs of the patient whom he could not save. It is a moral parable of sin and guilt embodied in a realistic 18th Century Puritan setting. Tremble also at each other! Mr Hooper is the minister and he is rather boring; he neither creates love or inspiration within the hearts of his flock. In the end, he dies without anyone knowing his reasons for donning the black veil. Completely matching the Gothic genre and thus with exaggerated drama.
Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. Hooper never reveals a specific reason for his black veil. Years pass, and Hooper grows old and sick. If a minister was suspected…. In the next section of the parable, Mr. They all know the have sinned and still do not accept the minister with his black veil because they thought he was hiding a secret sin.