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The Minister's Black Veil Rhetorical Analysis

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“The Sacrifices of the Minister’s Black Veil” Could a simple black veil take on the sins of an entire community? At intervals, veils are often thought to be worn by a bride in a wedding.For some women in the Muslim world, the veil they wear is a symbol of oppression. In The Minister’s Black Veil, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses strong diction, imagery, and details to portray the sacrifice needed to take on the responsibility of sin by Rev. Hooper donning the black veil. Hawthorne uses diction to portray how Rev.Hooper deliberately sacrificed his personal happiness for others sins. Due to his refusal to remove the veil, Hooper risks his relationship with his fiancee, Elizabeth. He wants Elizabeth to have patience with him and not desert him during this time because it will not be for eternity but he does not want to lift the veil. As it turns out, what Elizabeth fails to recognize is that even should Hooper remove…show more content…
He sets a somber and self-pitying tone towards the audience. Hooper believes,like most other human beings, that he has sorrow strong enough to be epitomized by a black veil. Hooper states that he is not at ease with seeing a reflection of himself in a mirror, which apprises that he is not happy with himself substituting for others sins. Hooper is an ironic character because as well as he affecting the community’s outlook of him, he is also immensely affecting himself. 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. He does not give specific reason into why he refuses to remove the veil but imagery used in the parable convinces readers that Hooper has beliefs that he is some kind of
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