Analysis Of Judgment Being Clouded In The Minister's Black Veil

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Group 1: Judgment Being Clouded Considering, Melville’s and Hawthorne’s views of humanity and how they perceive the world in an accurate manner just goes to show that people can be thrown off by false views. In “Benito Cereno”, Caption Cereno is blind to the evil within Babo, his faithful servant. Caption Cereno’s judgment is clouded by the one person he believes is taking care of him and in trusted him with more power then he deserves. While in “The Minister’s Black Veil”, Mr. Hopper judgment is clouded by the veil he wears, and the congregation minds are clouded by the veil that Mr. Hopper wears. They believe he is not the same man due to the fact that he wears this black veil now; however Mr. Hopper ends up blinded by the veil that he…show more content…
For example, Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” discusses the experiences of one man and how despite “A hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence, others will see them,” (3293). This very line suggests that time and death as a result of time passing cannot subdue the eternity of experiences. Whitman even goes as far as to say “It avails not, time nor place - distance avails not, I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence,” (3293). Emily Dickinson’s also manifests the theme of deaths limits. Dickinson writes: “Because I could not stop for Death - He kindly stopped for me,” (3368). These lines suggest that death itself waited (or rather had to wait) for a time when he could intervene this woman. Subsequently, this would mean that death must abide by time and therefore limited by time itself. “We slowly drove- He knew not haste” (3368), also provides support for this idea. This line of the poem infers that death is unaware of the concept of faster thus clearly through his unknowing is bounded or limited once again. Two of the most renowned poets in American literature are Dickinson and Whitman. Their styles are so hard to define yet so easy to understand. The all too familiar swift liquid that is Dickinson is a decent put side by side to Whitman’s hearty melancholy. That being the case, through combination one realizes that both Whitman and Dickinson share the common theme of death’s limits in their work. While Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson 's works seem to be quite different, they share common themes, namely death and religion. While their views may differ, there is a sense of commonality when reading their works side by side. Both poets are acclaimed American writers, offering up distinct voices and beliefs that echo still

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