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.
As the sexton rings the church bell to signal the beginning of the Sunday service, townspeople from all over the New England Village of Milford rush to the local meetinghouse. Since it is the 17th century, Puritans are required to attend church and will be subjected to a fine if they receive a certain number of absences. Their belief that God only chooses a few people to save drives them to live holy lives so that they might be among those who receive salvation. Out of motivation for becoming perfect Christians, these Puritans follow simple, strict lifestyles and obsessively scrutinize each other's actions and behaviors for the slightest traces of sin. Since the Puritan society views sin as equal to death, most Puritans keep their darkest imperfections to themselves for fear of going to Hell or dishonoring their religious community.
Everyone says it. Your mom, your teachers, even your friends. Everyone encourages you to just be yourself, but if you think about how individuals are shunned, does anyone actually want you to be different? While society claims to encourage individuality, in reality it compels people to conform, causing most people to sacrifice their individuality to fit in.
In this passage on “The Black Veil”Nathanial,Howthrone style of text was more effective than the “Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God. By Jonathan Edwards because Mr.Hooper seemed to always be getting judge because of the “piece of crape he was wearing around,and in the church” house. Mr Hooper had a style of text as of a preacher that was not so mean to others but he was not a well outspoken preacher. On the other hand I disagree with the “Sinners In The Hand Of An Angry God because when he talks towards others he is really serious about the words that he is saying and it is very frightning to others. Joaanthan edwards had stated in the text “
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!
“He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face” (Hawthorne, 681.) Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Minister’s Black Veil”, emerging from the Romanticism literary period tells the story of a young minister who begins to don a black veil that he will not take off until he dies. The author uses an abundance of word play to convey his message, hiding one's face is something that should not be done, and you should stay true to yourself. Norman German’s article, “The Veil of Words in ‘The Minister’s Black Veil’,” makes a variety of examples made aware of to support this idea. Hawthorne uses puns and dissimilar words that are known to be related to build his theme.
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.
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.
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.”
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.