The ambiguity of the symbolism of the veil in Nathaniel Hawthorne's parable of The Minister's Black Veil, not only leaves the congregation guessing what the veil means, but it leaves the reader wondering what exactly the veil represents too. While giving a sermon on secret sins that people hide away, minister Hooper wears a black veil that conceals his face. He then wears it to a funeral and a wedding, making his congregation question what his motive is. The minister never takes off the veil even refusing to take it off at his death-bed. Throughout the story, Hawthorn offers indications of what the veil could symbolize, but there is never full disclosure of what exactly the veil represents, leaving readers to come up with their own hypothesis
The journalists of Spotlight felt they had a responsibility to the victims of the church, and investigated the church’s court case to publish an article that would show how corrupt the church and law was for
Whore!”(Miller 109).The Worst thing that people can do in Salem has committed adultery however John Proctor did along with Abigail. At that point he didn’t care if he lost the image that he was holding in the town, but he didn’t lose his wife because of something he did. Towards the ending of The Crucible John confessed doing witchcraft, but the court wants to put the written confession on the doorway of the church, but instead, he ripped it up because he already gave up his image and he drew the line at his name. “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another name in my life because I lie and sign myself to lies!
This story has a protagonist who wants to break free, this is a common characteristic of Romantic stories. Other characteristics include having a character going against the establishment which can be clearly seen by how Mr. Hooper was made an outcast and harassed by his people. For example, In the story when the narrator says " Old Squire Saunders, doubtless by an accidental lapse of memory, neglected to invite Mr.Hooper to his table..."(Hawthorn 5). This demonstrates how Mr. Hooper is an outcast because he is wearing a black veil. He struggled with his secret sin and was alone most of his life due to everyone being against his beliefs .
But In the same way Brown held steadfast to his decision of not using the staff. In spite of his strength so far once Brown heard Faith’s voice he used the staff for his main source of strength had left him. After Young Goodman Brown’s encounter at the ceremony he changed his outlook on life.
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
Another key factor Nathaniel Hawthorne uses to criticize the human nature and hypocrisy of all people is the community of Salem, as a whole. At the meeting that the entirety of Salem seemed to be attending, the Devil says to the holy group, “Ye deemed them holier than yourselves, and shrank from your own sin” (38). Growing up Hawthorne feels like a sinner as he doubts his ancestors for their so called ‘holy’ actions during the Salem Witch Trials. He feels like a hypocrite himself for thinking they went against god, while he, in judging them is doing essentially the same. LIkewise, in the story Goodman Brown feels like a sinner for leaving his wife and betraying his faith only to find out that so has the rest of the town, and he is not as
Initially in the story, Mr. Hooper (Who is the Minister of a Church) became an odd character which came to question the people because he began to wear a black veil over himself and knowing that he represents the church, the attention stood at a shock towards the people. To certain individuals, it appeared more odd towards them such as a woman who said “He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face.” Although this seemed as such a difference to the people, Mr. Hooper did not seem to see what his people had seen him. As if he was blinded to what he had done himself. His attitude was not changed, After all he was known as a good preacher but not an energetic one.
Today we live in a society where safety doesn 't come without a cost. We thought the Martin Luther King Jr speeches were over and the changes had been established, but needless to say we as a black society continues to live in fear ,vulnerability and scrutiny just because the of color of our skin and not the content of our character. Why must black boys and men feel apprehensive at the sight of the police? Why should mothers of black boys fear their child 's life could be exterminated anytime they walk out the front door,from those who should be there to protect them. Police Brutality ranges from assault and battery to mayhem, torture, and murder.
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.