On a nearer view it seemed to consist of two folds of crape, which entirely concealed his features except the mouth and chin, but probably did not intercept his sight further than to give a darkened aspect to all living and inanimate things. At its conclusion the bell tolled for the funeral of a young lady. From that day onward, he was alienated both socially and physically from his community and from himself due to his inability to remove the veil. Strange and bewildered looks repaid him for his courtesy. It grieved him to the very depth of his kind heart to observe how the children fled from his approach, breaking up their merriest sports while his melancholy figure was yet afar off. Norton Anthology of American Literature.
Hooper's black veil or by a direct appeal to discover the secret which it was supposed to hide. Hooper is greatly saddened, but even as he grieves, he smiles sadly, thinking that it was only a veil that separated him from Elizabeth. He walks among the townspeople and nods at them kindly, but they are too shocked to respond. Milford is a small, close-knit community dominated by religion. Nathaniel Hawthorne's ''The Minister's Black Veil'' is an example of the American Gothic, which was the United States' version of the Gothic genre of literature; the Gothic genre being a genre of literature primarily focused on death and romance.
When the deputies returned without an explanation, or even venturing to demand one, she with the calm energy of her character determined to chase away the strange cloud that appeared to be settling round Mr. Citizens of a small village are spreading the word about a black veil on the minister 's face. This is true with anything on earth. Some people could argue that it is continuing to do so. And there is perhaps a clue that there is something going on between him and the wedding that he ruins. The very beginning of the story is a portrait of a happy everyday life of a village - merry children are willing to make fun of a graver's gait, spruce bachelors are looking sidelong at the pretty maidens and a sexton is tolling the bell - and its light-hearted mood contrasts with tha.
Does it resolve after a climax. The reader is aware that a great deal of time has passed and soon he is at his deathbed. Hooper had a placid cheerfulness for such occasions which often excited a sympathetic smile where livelier merriment would have been thrown away. By the next day, even the local children are talking of the strange change that seems to have come over their minister. When the sexton tolls the bell Mr.
Hooper performs a wedding ceremony, and his black veil casts darkness over the union. Throughout the story good Mr. In the opinion of this reader, the central conflicts — the relation between the protagonist and antagonist Abrams 225 - in the tale are an internal one, a spiritual-moral conflict within the minister, the Reverend Mr. With what horrible crime upon your soul are you now passing to the judgment? This barrier is incarnated in the veil, which is the transferred expression of hidden sin. Reverend Hooper enters church with a mysterious black veil over his face, causing quite a stir among his parishioners.
. Rather, he suggests that everyone possesses secret sins, which they conceal behind metaphorical veils. 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. The subject had reference to secret sin. Hitherto, whenever there appeared the slightest call for such interference, he had never lacked advisers nor shown himself averse to be guided by their judgment. Hooper is wearing a black semi-transparent veil that obscures all of his face but his mouth and chin from view.
More information: If you are the original author of this content and no longer wish to have it published on our website then please click on the link below to request removal:. Nevertheless, if we are willing to acknowledge the darkness in ourselves, There is an hour to come. More importantly, the wearing of the veil is a confession of guilt. However, without direct indication of the sin, readers can still interpret the veil to be a representation of all the hidden sins of the community. She arose and stood trembling before him. Hawthorne keeps the motive of the veil unknown to the reader. The symbolic significance of the black veil lies in the physical and mental barrier that it creates between the minister and his environment, and the guilt that it expresses.
The theme is the need to acknowledge sin. But the interpretation of the story generally rests on some moral assessment or explanation of the minister's symbolic self-veiling. This will be one of the key questions of the story. It is but a mortal veil; it is not for eternity. Suffer us to be gladdened by your triumphant aspect as you go to your reward.
When the minister first walks out of his home wearing the veil, everyone is astonished. This contrast presents an image of darkness and light in the scene that could symbolize or allude to the forces of good and evil. Character Analysis There's really only one character in this story that matters and that's the Reverend Hooper. His approach is quite gloomy and the atmosphere for his stories is many times sad and depressing. It was a tender and heart-dissolving prayer, full of sorrow, yet so imbued with celestial hopes that the music of a heavenly harp swept by the fingers of the dead seemed faintly to be heard among the saddest accents of the minister. Before the entering of the minister, the environment is described using adjectives like «bright» and «pretty».
Hooper comes out as usual but wearing a black veil. Hooper eventually becomes known as Father Hooper, and serves until he is on his deathbed from old age. This essay will answer these questions. Hooper, a thirty year old minister, wore a black veil on his face which hid his facial features and expressions. After a brief interval forth came good Mr. Because the townspeople are afraid of Hooper, they focus on religion. The people of Milford shuddered when the reverend passed, and marked him as a social outcast, but why.