The black veil that the Mr. Hooper wears during his sermons as minister terrifies the townspeople. The townspeople fear the black veil because it is a symbolic reference that symbolizes their secret sins. The appearance of the black veil makes the people feel uncomfortable and guilty for the secret sins they have committed which makes them fearful of the unknown punishments they must abide to if their secret sins are ever to be revealed. On page 246, the minister reveals his purpose of wearing the black veil, “When the friend show his inmost heart to his friend; the lover to his best beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo!
These themes can be seen throughout the story as Mr. Hooper, the main character as a Reverend, punishes himself over a sin that is never revealed. He punishes himself to the utmost ability by blocking himself from the rest of the world, which in turn causes him to lose his social status and soon become a dark and mysterious man. Although society often frowns upon unexplained or uncommon beliefs, one should still be bound to them even if there are those who greatly oppose it, like Reverend Hooper had done in “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Even though Mr. Hooper is in a healthy relationship with his wife, he says, “Know, then this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am bound to wear it ever, both in light and darkness, in solitude and before the gaze of multitudes, and as with strangers, so with my familiar friends. No mortal eye will see it withdrawn.
He conveys a sermon on mystery sin and the things individuals cover up in their souls, "notwithstanding overlooking the Omniscient can recognize them." After the gathering, the assembly talks about the clergyman 's shroud, attempting to decipher its significance. The Reverend shows a memorial service sermon and a wedding while at the same time wearing the cover, much to the frighten of and disquieting of the lady of the hour. The whole town discusses little else the following day. Nobody dares request that the pastor expel the cloak or clarify its essence aside from his life partner.
It starts with a belief that Sierva is not possessed and that took over his life because he knew he had to do something to prove it. In a way a demon inside of him began to control his life. He is not possessed but by demon I mean that a new personality arouse, appeared in him, a new attitude that those who know him become confuse and cannot understand his actions; “The bishop was disturbed that he had not come to read at supper. Delaura realized he was floating on a personal cloud where nothing in this world or the next mattered except the horrific image of Sierva Maria debased by the devil” (118). He has become a new person and that was part of the first step in escaping from his recent life, he is only focused on Sierva Maria.
Proctor actually preferred not to go to church because he disliked Reverend Parris; Proctor was not entirely sure of Parris's true intentions. When John expresses his frustration by stating, "when I look to heaven and see my money glaring at his elbows..." (Miller 65) it brings him great dissatisfaction, especially after working a long hard day on the farm. Some people in the town were afraid to express the same discontent Proctor has because they do not want to be accused of witchcraft. Although, others were bold enough to confront the court and converse with the judges about how they felt. Giles Correy, being one of the people who stands up, says, "and yet silent minister?
People from other places wanting to see him just to see the “minister with the black veil”. Many other dying sinners were always welcoming him to preach all their sins to him before they left their dying beds. “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, shunned in their health and joy, but ever summoned to their aid of mortal anguish.” (14, Hawthorne) Eventually, all those stares and reactions towards his black veil made his life miserable and everywhere he sees himself in the glass mirror Mr.Hooper is unable to see himself again like he uses to do before. Among his death bed, his beloved Elizabeth came to take care of him and Reverend Mr.Clark to seek him into conclusion and to help him leave those sins so much he had attached himself to liberate him to the spiritual light. Mr.Hooper new that throughout his life of trying to get many people to understand why he did such thing like of the black veil.
“He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face” (Hawthorne XXX) The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells the story of a clergyman and a black veil that scares all who see it. Hawthorne’s short story pushes the theme that “Everyone has a black veil and hides who they really are” through dialogue and character’s action. This means every person either hides their unpopular opinions/beliefs or is hiding a secret sin. Dialogue evidence can be found in a conversation between Mr. Hooper and Elizabeth, and what is said at Mr. Hooper’s death bed. Evidence from character actions is seen in how Elizabeth hides her love from Mr. Hooper, and how the whole town treats him with his black veil on.
The speaker’s relationship with his “lost Lenore,” seems to be an unexpected one. Lenore is referred to as an angel, while the narrator is surrounded by ghosts and evil feelings. The feeling of terror which was felt when the narrator opened the door to find “darkness there and nothing more,” could have been reduced had a light been nearby to illuminate the hallway, but the importance of the darkness shows the audience that the lack of religion and prayers of the narrator are taking a toll on him, as the seemingly lack of religious beliefs Poe had also affected his life. Not only did Poe allude to the evil aspects of religions in this poem, but he also threw in a few allusions that make the audience question what Poe’s beliefs truly were. Poe alludes to the Hellenistic story of Pallas Athena in line 41, the narrator points out that this Raven is “perched upon a bust of Pallas,” Poe specifically chose Pallas because she and Lenore relate to each other in the ways that the two of them will only live on in their names.
He got up and showed everyone he did. Langston regretted on lying to everyone at the church but the worst was, he didn’t believe in Jesus anymore. Main Claim: • “But I was really crying because I couldn’t bear to tell her that I had lied, that I had deceived everybody in the church that I hadn’t seen Jesus, and that now I didn’t believe there was a Jesus anymore, since he didn’t come to help me.” Pg.2 Supporting points: • “Still I kept waiting to see Jesus.” Pg. 1 •
Because these people had no supervising guidance, they found themselves immersed within the scandal and gossip of the community’s status quo, causing them to diverge from Christianity. They simply became far too consumed with details serving no purpose to the Christian deity. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” illustrated this idea when townspeople felt more concerned with the details of the minister’s decision to don a black veil, some gathering “in little circles, huddled closely together, with their mouths all whispering in the center” (Hawthorne) rather than focusing on the sermon the priest attempted to deliver. Moreover, the congregation began to practice a period of religious hiatus over the succeeding days, talking “of little else than Parson Hooper’s black veil,” (Hawthorne) which demonstrated the power that stood behind gossip. Similarly, Hepzibah Pyncheon in The House of Seven Gables remained a rotting hermit after once hearing someone insult her natural appearance, stating “Why, her face--I’ve seen it; for I dug her garden for her, one year--her face is enough to frighten the Old Nick himself” (Hawthorne 47).
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. "The first glimpses of the clergyman 's figure were the signal for the bell to cease it 's summons" (Hawthorne 1), leading Mr.Hooper not sharing why he is wearing the veil. The Romantic setting also exaggerates/extends the truth. The story writer makes the secret sin a huge detail in the story that we as a reader don 't really know what the secret is so perhaps the
First, he is displeased at how much Parris speaks of hell in his sermons. Second, he believes Parris is greedy, and lastly, he does not see Parris as an honorable leader of the church. Therefore, Proctor is drawn to the dark atmosphere surrounding Parris due to what the girls did in the woods, so he can wallow in it due to his displeasure with Parris. Hence, John Proctor is not a devout puritan because he rejects the authority of the
It is Proctor’s beliefs and qualities that stop him from going along with the trials. Throughout the story there are events that show Proctors qualities, the first of these is when Mary comes home from the trials(page ). Proctor is shocked that people are being hanged because of the lies, he never believes the charges that so many were faced with . The second event is when Hale comes to his house, the Proctors tell him that they do not believe that there are witches in Salem and that the charges of witchcraft on them are false. The third event is when procter comes to the court with evidence from Mary stating that the girls
By the end, he becomes disinterested by the public opinion and concerned about his personal integrity. By maintaining his individual integrity, John Proctor’s life came to an end. He quotes, “I have given you my soul, please leave me my name.” (Act 4, Page 124), at this point Proctor still wants his name unscathed for personal and religious reasons. He refuses to confess and sign his name to witchcraft in respect of fellow prisoners dying after refusal to confirm dealings with the devil. As the Puritan society of Salem is so fixated and fearful of witchcraft, most individuals were gullible to almost all testimonies made.
It wasn’t long before a paralyzing fear took hold of the city. Families stopped visiting each other with the likelihood of getting sick, doctors wouldn’t take house calls or treat victims of the plague, and priests would go to visit the sick and refused to administer this last rights. There was no rational explanation for the sudden appearance and rapid death rates, so many came to believe that it was a divine punishment sent down by God. In fact, the late 14th century English cleric, William Langland, wrote “God is deaf nowadays and will not hear us. And for our guilt he grinds good men to dust,” in his epic poem “Piers Plowman.” Despite all this dread and turmoil that racked the entire continent, the plague eventually died down and was preceded by the Renaissance which gave life and vitality back to the people of