How Does Nathaniel Hawthorne Use Darkness In The Minister's Black Veil

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No matter how hard one tries, one will always carry darkness. This statement is clear in Nathaniel Hawthorne's ‘The Minister’s Black Veil’ many times. The first time I felt as if it was clear is when Hooper says to Elizabeth, “Do not desert ment, though this weil must be between use here on earth. Be mine, and hereafter there shall be no veil over my face, no darkness between our souls!” Though it is clear one will always have darkness in their souls, people still believe things can be pure. Despite knowing the Pastor Hooper for a long time, the people of the town turn their backs on him because of the ‘unsightly veil’ that he would wear.” “I don’t like it,” muttered an old woman….”He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face.” (Hawthorne). Lastly, when Hawthorne …show more content…

First, the minister started wearing a black veil and pushing people away, thus; making the people of the town exclude him and after church the people would, “gather in little circles, huddled closely together with their mouths whispering…(Hawthorne).” Another way the people handled Hooper drawing away from them was, “...neglect to invite Mr. Hooper to his table, where the good clergyman had been wont to bless the food, almost everyday SUnday since his settlement. (Hawthorne)” They didn’t want him to be apart of something he’s always been apart of because of the veil. Finally, another way this was shown is the way Hooper lived his life when he moved to the small town. “In this manner Mr. Hooper spent a long life irreproachable in outward act, yet shrouded in dismal suspicions; kind and loving, though unloved, and dimly feared; a man apart from men.” Hawthorne explains that Hooper didn’t really look like a man you should be approaching, thus; he kept to himself and isolated himself from the town after wearing the veil. In this story the minister keeps to himself and doesn’t open up to his fiance or his people causing them to neglect

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