The Minister's Black Veil Rhetorical Analysis

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In the story “ The Minister’s Black Veil,” Nathaniel Hawthorne is trying to reveal that Mr. Hooper plays a significant role in the story and shows alienation and his moral values. Mr. Hooper was a new minister in a new town and people wondered about him because he constantly wore a black veil over his face. They wanted to know what was being hidden under the veil. Mr. Hooper is trying to reveal that the black veil is representing that he is sinful, depressed, mysterious and secretive. 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 …show more content…

Hooper is a very mysterious looking type man. He wears the veil over his face, which make people wonder about him. Boone states that since Mr. Hooper continsuly wears the veil people began to grow curious on what he did to have to cover his face and why he feels to cover his face (34). The towns people wonder what he has done to be so scared to show his actual face or what he has to hide and why he has to hide. Boone adds that Mr. Hooper’s clothed face makes him be seen as a strange person (39). Mr. Hooper’s inactive face makes him mysterious. Boone states that Mr. Hooper has people basically following him to attempt and try to find out the truth that he is hiding (40). No one personally knows the mysterious truth behind the

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