...f the Puritans, and their complete opposition to a person ever showing wrongdoing. As questions arose, assumptions made, and the amount of confusion that was caused, no one took the effort to ask Hooper why he wore the veil, because of that ignorance, Hawthorne allowed us to see how ruthless these people of that society were. A veil is normally worn for cultural or religions purposed or for marriage, most people do not shield their faces with a veil to represent the evil and the sins that lie within themselves and God. Nathaniel Hawthorne was able to use to a black veil as his symbol of hidden sin as well as using symbolism to criticize an entire society, giving the veil an entirely deeper significance.
In Nathaniel Hawthorne's “The Minister's Black Veil” there are many secrets, many dark areas, both literal and metaphorical. These secretive aspects are not centered just on the minister himself, but on all the townspeople. The black veil represents the sins of Mr. Hooper. He has concealed a plethora of sins in the years he has been a minster. This has broken him down and he committed a terrible sin.
Nathaniel Hawthorne is known for some of his well-written literary pieces. Some of Hawthorne’s literary works is the “The Minister 's Black Veil” and The Scarlet Letter. Within these literary pieces, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to shape the perspectives of the community members on how they see an individual wearing the symbol and how the person wearing the symbol feels externally and internally within. Symbols can mean many things, it may or may not change over time. It’s up to one to let a symbol define them or not, it they allow
The major theme this story represents is loneliness. Mr. Hooper becomes a lonely person because people try to avoid him. People thought that he no longer fit into society because he was wearing a black veil at all times. They paid too much attention to the black veil rather than him as a person. People began to believe that he must have committed a major sin and that was the cause of him wearing the black veil. The same people who invited Mr. Hooper into their homes for dinner was no longer wanted there. Including his fiancee broke up the marriage with Mr. Hooper and only because he refused to take the black veil off. Trying to believe that Mr. Hooper is no longer the same person because of the changes he has made to himself. Another theme is that secret sin exists in everyone that you can imagine. That they are hypocritical about their sins and pretend that they are
Alienation in The Minister's Black Veil "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a story about one clergyman's alienation due to his outward dressing. Reverend Hooper was a well-respected preacher who got along well with the townspeople until one day when he appeared wearing a black veil over his face that consisted "of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features, except the mouth and chin" (Hawthorne 253). From that day onward, he was alienated both socially and physically from his community and from himself due to his inability to remove the veil. Reverend Hooper's black veil caused alienation from his congregation. The minister did not even move his veil to perform marriages, which the town believed "could portend nothing but evil to the wedding" (Hawthorne 256).
Main characters in short stories almost always have a point they are trying to prove to the world. Whether it is against society, God, or themselves. In “The Minister 's Black veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne Mr. Hooper who is the protagonist of the story shows up one day wearing a black veil. The Black veil seems to represent everyone 's hidden sins they have or have not shared. He wears the veil to show the society that you should not hide or runaway from your past sins. In “Before The Law” by Kafka a man tries his whole life to get through the gate the gatekeeper told him he can not go into. In “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway an old waiter battles against the world to prove that people need to be in a light clean quiet place
The corruption of hidden sin and guilt is exemplified by the late Gilbert Parker who once said, “In all secrets there is a kind of guilt… Secrecy means evasion, and evasion means a problem to the mortal mind.” Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America’s major authors, often wrote about the harsh realities of human existence such as sin, redemption, and morality. In “Minister’s Black Veil,” the main character, Reverend Hooper, wears a veil over his face during his sermons. Though his sermons are very powerful, a feeling of fear and mystery is evoked in the congregation and often in everyday life due to the strange veil that he refuses to remove. On his deathbed, miraculously, Hooper still has enough strength to resist his veil being lifted; his eyes forever covered, he dies with the veil. Hawthorne uses symbols of the black veil to portray hidden sin, guilt, and peculiar shame attaching to sin in Puritan beliefs.
The Minister's Black Veil Why is the kid wearing suspenders and thick glasses the obvious target for a bully? The answer lies within the human mind, coming from our ancestors, who were hunters of meat. It is human nature to judge a book by its cover, the same way Father Hooper is judged for wearing his black veil. Although Mr. Hooper may not have intended too, his simple act frightens many, and he becomes what they claim he is.
In addition, Mr. Hooper has committed many sins, which makes him a sinful man. In the passage, the author states “Beloved and respected as you are, there may be whispers that hide your face under the consciousness of secret sin. For the sake of your holy office, do away this scandal” (Hawthorne 29). The author is trying to say that Mr. Hooper is a good, respectful man, but he is continuing to hide a sin and will not even tell his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth wants to know what dark fantasy he had done. She wanted to know the sin, but he was scared that if she knew what happened, she would leave him. Hawthorne states “ If I hide my face for sorrow, there is cause enough and if I cover it for
What would you do if you realized that your personal sins were affecting your life decisions? That’s what Mr. Hooper was inferring to when he put the Black veil on. In this essay you will infer that Mr. Hooper is the one that has personal sins, therefore warrants his actions of wearing the veil.