True Emotions In The Minister's Black Veil

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People hide their true emotions on the inside. This theme is clear when Mr. Hooper is talking to his wife about the veil in “The Minister’s Black Veil.” “‘If I hide my face from sorrow, there is cause enough,’ he merely replied; ‘and if I cover it for secret sin, what mortal might not do the same?’” In this scene, Mr. Hopper tells that he is hiding his sorrow behind the black veil. That shows that people hide their true emotions inside and do not show them to others. This theme is also evidenced when Mr. Hooper talks to people about his Black Veil. “‘There is an hour to come,’ said he, ‘when all of us shall cast aside our veils. Take it not amiss, beloved friend, if I wear this piece of crape till then,’” Mr. Hooper is explaining that there will be a time where everyone unveils their true emotions. The theme is clear when a woman is talking to her husband about Mr. Hooper. “‘Truly do I,’ replied the lady; ‘and I would not be alone with [Hooper] for the world. I wonder he is not afraid to be alone with himself!,’” This shows the theme because the lady tells her husband that Mr. Hooper he is afraid of himself and he hides his true emotions.
If something happens different from the norm people will freak out. This theme is clear when Mr. Hooper is wearing his veil at church. “Such was the effect of this simple piece of crape, that more than one woman of delicate nerves was forced to leave the meeting-house. Yet perhaps the pale-faced congregation was almost as fearful a sight to the minister, as his black veil to them.” In this scene, the woman was so bothered by the veil that she had to …show more content…

In the world that Hawthorne creates, people are fearful of their true identity and that fear causes them to act hysterically. If it were not for Mr. Hooper showing the fact that people hide their emotions the mass hysteria would never have

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