In the “Minister's Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hawthorne looks to convey the wrongs of the Puritan faith through a character in his story. Hawthorne effectively does this through his use of Mr. Hooper, a man who embodies all of the Puritan faith and a man who would be admired by many of his religion. Hawthorne uses both Mr. Hooper and the veil Hooper wears to portray and criticize the issues of sin and morality within the Puritan faith. Before diving in to all that Hawthorne exposes of the Puritan faith, historical context is vital to understanding Hawthorne’s purpose of writing his story.
In “The Minister’s Black Veil” the black veil affects Mr. Hooper relationship with his community in a negative way because it causes the townspeople to push him away. In the story “The Minister’s Black Veil” Elizabeth Mr. Hooper’s soon to be wife gets into an argument and says “Lift the veil but once, and look at me in the face,” said she. “Never! It cannot be!” replied Mr. Hooper. “Then, farewell!
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” begins on a Sunday morning “Sabbath-day” before church in the small town of Milford MA. The sexton rings the bell calling all the parishioners forward for church. The church begins to fill as any normal Sunday although this turns out to be anything but an ordinary day. When it becomes time to go before the congregation Reverend Mr. Hooper walks into church. The sexton and the entire congregation is stunned because today Reverend Hooper enters the church with a black veil covering his face.
Throughout the whole story, many can be picked in the parable that has characteristics to a typical dark romanticism. The characteristics show on the Black Veil in the style that is unique to Gothic literature and other elements. The Black Veil is known as the secret sin of Mr. Hooper, many want to know what it is but Mr. Hooper keeps it to himself. This shows the characteristic known for his mysterious face that is covered by the black veil which translates on the mystery and suspense. This is a typical characteristic of the black veil being fearful and interesting to know about.
Sacrifice-an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as more important or worthy. Everyone will eventually sacrifice something, some more than others, yet those sacrifices will often lead to achievement. In the short story, “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Nathaniel Hawthorne illustrates how heartbreaking details, emotional imagery, and sorrowful symbolism demonstrate sacrifice and gain. Hawthorne’s use of heartbreaking details shows how love is sometimes sacrificed for the teaching of a lesson, only to be regretted in the end. Hooper’s love, Elizabeth, “ loses a certain relationship with the person she loves, only to gain a different relationship with him later.”
What kind of stories can come from the dark minds of writers during the Dark Romantic Era? One’s similar to Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” and “The Black Cat” and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “The Scarlet Letter.” In these short stories and poems, you find a lot of symbolism that was popular during this time. Symbolism is an artistic and poetic style using symbolic images and indirect suggestion to express spiritual ideas, emotions, and states of mind. In all stories and poems, the use of symbols are what make the story feel so real to the audience.
Mr.Hooper is a minister who faces a lot of challenges that make him sacrifice a lot of things that he truly admired. In the “Minister 's black veil” Hawthorne’s character Mr. Hooper sacrifices his love ,”normal” life, and sympathy to teach the lesson that everyone has a secret sin because teaching about sin is more important than living his “normal” life. Everyone wants love but not everyone can keep it or willing to keep it. ‘There was a nurse, no hired handmaiden of death... but the veil prevents him from seeing or enjoying it” Mr. Hooper is on his deathbed unaware that his love of his life is right next to
“The Minister’s black veil” The relationship between Mr. Hooper and the Black veil is that Mr. Hooper never takes off his black veil. He always takes it around with him, the Black Veil covers his body except for his mouth and chin. No one knows why he takes it around with him but it was rumored that Mr. Hooper was wearing the black veil for his own secret sins or that he made a commitment to a young woman , He is known as death. Mr. Hooper is known as a mysterious and an evil character in the story. He’s a tormented soul and feels the need to let everyone know by veiling his face, Mr. Hooper wants to keep his identity a secret from other people.
In the middle of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short stories, “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Roger Malvin’s Burial,” that analyze the effects of Puritanism on the topics of secret sin and natural depravity, Hawthorne states “...but pride, the fear of losing her affection, the dread of universal scorn, forbade him to rectify this falsehood.” Reuben, who has arrived at this juncture on whether to tell Dorcas the truth about her father or to keep telling her a lie, fears losing his wife along with her love if he tells her that he, in fact, did not bury her father. A common theme is evident throughout Hawthorne’s short stories, which is that Puritanism causes negativity and fear through pointing out other people’s imperfections and disposing of them. Influenced by an opposition to Puritan ideology, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil” and “Roger Malvin’s Burial” illustrate how secret sin and natural depravity control the lives of the characters with fear and negativity.
The Minister and The Black Veil The short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, reverend Hooper, the town's minister, was seen walking in the small community of Milford towards the church with a black veil that covered his entire face without including his mouth and chin. The town people murmured the appearance of Mr. Hooper and the reason why he was wearing the piece of cloth. This affects the relationship between Mr. Hooper and his community in a negative way because the black veil creates a barrier between himself and the townspeople. The town people began developing a different perspective of how they view the town's pastor.