The Minister's Black Veil Analysis

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The book The bedford introduction to literature holds three stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The first story ‘young goodman brown” is about a man who travels into the forest to observe a satanic ritual. He rejects the offer to join in and lives disconnected from the others since they were part of the ritual. The next story “The minister 's black veil” is about a man refusing to take off a veil even upon death which results in the people of the village judging him. Finally in “The birthmark” a man of science is trying to remove a mark from his wife cheek which is the only thing keeping her from being perfect. The man succeeds in removing the mark but results in killing his wife. Even Though all three of the stories have different details, they…show more content…
One day on the way to a meeting, Mr.hooper is wearing a black veil and the people are quick to judge. As mr. hooper is preaching the author mentions how “the pale faced congregations was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them”(409). The black veil on the minister displays his secret sin. Although the veil makes him more powerful as a preacher many people didn 't like it including his wife. After a while Elizabeth asks his husband mr.hooper to remove the veil and he refuses, so “she withdrew her arm from his grasp and slowly departed’(413). Just like that the long relationship between Mr.hooper and Elizabeth wes terminated because of hooper 's black veil. After that one moment no one questioned his black veil and he went on to become a powerful clergymen until the day of his death. When the day comes mr.hooper is insulted for not wanting to remove the veil and hooper responds “Men avoided me, and women shown pity, and children screamed and fled only for my black veil?”(415). Mr.hooper unfolds that the people are quick to judge and avoid him just for wearing a black veil. All the people have in that room have a black veil because they to have sinned too but fail to see it on…show more content…
Aylmer is a man of science who marries a beautiful woman named georgina who is almost perfect. She has a tiny mark in the shape of a hand which the author describes that “many a desperate swain would have risked life for the privilege of pressing his lips to the mysterious hand”(427). Even Though the tiny hand on georgiana cheek is her only defect aylmer can 't accept it while other man will die just to kiss it. Aylmer says it shocks him as “being the visible mark of earthly imperfection”(417). Aylmer can 't accept her to have a small imperfection instead he wants her perfect. As Georgiana only care for what her husband thinks of her, she accepts aylmer suggestion to remove the mark. During the making of the poison to remove the mark georgina finds out their is a chance she could die and agrees to proceed. In the the potion worked in removing the birthmark but it caouse her to die. Before Georgiana dies she tells Aylmer he has “rejected the best earth could offer”(427). Aylmer tried to change what made her human and that got her killed. Aylmer couldn 't accept human imperfection to the point where it got her wife
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