Interestingly, Hooper's use of the veil has both positive and negative effects on his effectiveness as a minister. For one thing, the veil has the effect of dramatically increasing the power of his sermons to such a degree that people would travel from far away in order to attend his church. Additionally, on a more private level, the presence of the veil greatly improves his ability to connect with and appeal to the dying, and thus, it allows him to more effectively attend to their spiritual needs (which is among the most important responsibilities of the clergy).
At the same time, however, his continual wearing of the veil exerts a harmful effect, both on his duties as a minister as well as on his own personal life. Keep in mind: a member of the clergy has to exist alongside his parishioners (this a relationship that is, by its very nature, deeply personal). The veil, however, evokes in them feelings of dread, and raises questions and suspicions about Hooper himself.
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