How does the author Nathaniel Hawthorne in "The Minister's Black Veil" develop the character of the Reverend Mr. Hooper?

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The short story "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells of a minister of a church in a New England town, Reverend Hooper, who appears before his congregation wearing a black veil over his face. In every other respect he behaves as he always has, but the sight of the veil is shocking to his parishioners. It causes him to lose his fiancée and become ostracized from the townspeople. Over time, he proves to be a devoted and faithful minister, evoking a reaction of fear and awe from the people he serves. Even on his deathbed, he refuses to remove the veil, and as the attending clergyman demands to know why, Reverend Hooper says that his veil is symbolic of the black veil that is upon everyone's face.

Hawthorne develops the character of Reverend Hooper through a sequence of perspectives that draw readers closer and closer to his inmost thoughts and feelings. First of all, in the opening section of the story, we see Hooper through the reactions of the people around him. In the...

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