Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil? What, but the mystery which it obscurely typifies, has made this piece of crape so awful?” (Hawthorne 482) Hawthorne feared Mr. Hooper by the end of the story,
If all sins or wrongdoings were publicized, would we stop treating each other the same? In both short stories, “Young Goodman Brown” and “The Minister’s Black Veil”, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, both stories involve characters are witness secret sins occur, altering their perspective. In “Young Goodman Brown” Brown, goes on an expedition to his local forests, uncovering the reality of the secret sinners. In the “The Minister’s Black Veil” the minister wears an unexpected black veil to symbolize he had sinned, while his town creates an uproar while his town creates an uproar, refusing to admit they are sinners as well. While sin defines any immoral act committed, it can only be corrected if acknowledged.
I just hope for your sake, you 've cleaned the sheets” (0:10:20 – 0:10:24). In the same way, the town starts to question and fear what the Minister may have done to start wearing the black veil. A rumor that starts as soon as he walks out his door, “a rumor of some unaccountable phenomenon had preceded Mr. Hooper into the meeting-house, and set all the congregation astir” (Hawthorn 390). These two are brought into the light of focus based on decisions made by them and stretched beyond what is true when those around them kept adding on to the rumors. Making people around them question Olive and Mr. Hooper’s morals and who they are as people as time progresses.
Mr. Hooper was forcing all of the people to look deeper within themselves and try to understand the veils true meaning “Such was the effect of this simple piece of crape, that more than one woman of delicate nerves was forced to leave the meeting-house. Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them.” (Hawthorne 707) In reality, the veil represents the secrets everyone is hiding within himself or herself. The theme of the veil is the conflict between the dark, hidden side of man. The themes that are portrayed by the veil reveals, the tension between the minister and the community. Every person has something to hide from the world, the veil is symbolic for the cover up of the people’s secrets.
In the short story, "The Minister's Black Veil", American Romanticism characteristics are typical with examples like Mr. Hooper and his black veil or Elizabeth and her curiosity. In addition, Mr. Hooper tries to be nice to everyone in the town but they can't take him seriously because of his black veil. The black veil symbolizes secret sin and the darkness of humanity. It also symbolizes the secret sin that all people carry in their hearts. The lesson learned in the story is to avoid the sin of secret sin because there is always a consequence of our sins or secret faults.
Not only is Young Goodman Brown betraying his own loved ones and beliefs but the ones he cares for are disregarding him right back. This plot is quite frankly like a train of dominos; one does bad, the same receives bad. Each example of betrayal helps move along and set up yet another example. Hawthorne gives his readers a harsh reality of betrayal in all types of relationships and the penalties that come with it. The message behind this story may be hard to discover but it needs to be widely
Hawthorne uses imagery to depict how Rev. Hooper sacrificed the representation of the veil. The black veil is thought to represent secret sin. Hooper exposed himself through the veil which caused him to banish himself because he upholds the community's sins. Hooper upheld the sins for the entire community and felt it would be seen as an ethical fluctuation by wearing the veil.
Arthur Miller's utilization of incongruity in The Crucible shows exactly how tricky the human species is. He makes a situation that spins around the congregation and how the general population must take after their decrees and keep their dedication to God, however all they truly do conflicts with their ten edicts. John submitted infidelity by yearning for Abbigail when he was at that point wedded to Elizabeth and had constructed a family with her. Abigail is desirous of Elizabeth for having John and her yearning for retaliation drives her to lie and control the town as she did. It is essentially unexpected how all through every one of the allegations and guards, everyone would lecture their confidence in God and the congregation yet whatever they did was definitely not what they were required to.
In addition to the meaning the veil holds for the congregation and for the minister, it is important to consider the effect of the veil on the relationship between the two. Hawthorne seems to be saying that the minister’s perception of the sin in all people puts up a barrier between himself and everyone else and ruins his life. At first the veil causes confusion among the people in the minister 's congregation. They speculate that he had developed some mental issue, that his eyes could not handle the light, or that it was simply a random impulse. This confusion soon turns to great fear and horror.
The main imagery within Jonathan Edward's “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Margaret Atwood's “Half-Hanged Mary, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's “The Ministers Black Veil” all revolves around sin and situations because no one can stop the future. Imagery in the Crucible is evident towards John Proctor and Abigail Williams very much so. John Proctor “sweated like a stallion” every time Abigail got close to him, this shows John Proctor had a thing for Abigail. Sweated like a stallion creates imagery for the reader. John Proctor also says, “you know in all of your blacken hearts that this be fraud...we will burn together.” By saying “we will burn together,” John is creating an image of darkness and fire for the reader.
He has a sin he keeps under the veil. More reason to wear the veil. The Ministers Black Veil also leads to intuition adding more to the Romantic aspect to the story. The people of the town don 't understand why he is wearing the veil. Furthermore, when the minister went inside the church with the veil all the townspeople in the church were starting to get scared and worried about him wearing it.
Everyone knew everyone. This means that Jem didnt previously know about the way black people were treated, he only knew about how his family treated Calpurnia. So throughout the book Jem gains knowledge about this issue. The geography of Maycomb is very crucial in shaping Jem’s idea of black people. Jem Finch in the book To Kill A Mockingbird is shaped throughout the story.