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.
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.
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.
“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.
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: A Parable, by Nathaniel Hawthorne is a tale that may seem dark, but rings with a haunting amount of truth. The dominant symbol that Hawthorne uses in this short story is Minister Hooper’s black veil. In this essay, the veil will be recognized as a symbol for the barrier between an individual and those around them. This barrier works to create fear and distrust in the characters throughout the work and greatly influences their actions and behavior toward Hooper. The symbol of the veil also opens the readers’ eyes to the fact that there is a barrier between themselves and the world around them.
In a small, close-knit community, townspeople often watch one another. Most of the people know each other, and can recognize a neighbor with ease. When one purposely masks their face, they are denying their neighbors the ability to easily know who they are. The townspeople of Milford were shocked when Reverend Mr. Hooper made his way to church one Sunday morning with a black veil shielding most of his face, leaving only his mouth and chin visible. By doing this, Mr. Hooper is denying the townspeople the ability to see his face and forcing them to focus only on what he is saying.
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.
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.
While both of the short stories “The Devil and Tom Walker” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster” are both used to show the downfall of wealth, the two stories vary in many different ways. Both short stories have detailed descriptions of the devil, both had some ‘religion’ involved, and both had conclusions which were for the most part resolved. The short stories both indicate to the reader how the devil is portrayed. “The Devil and Tom Walker” depicts the devil as a black man dressed in some form of Indian garments and he looked like he worked with fire.