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The Minister's Black Veil

What explanation does Mr. Hooper give Elizabeth as to why he refuses to remove his veil in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

When his fiancée Elizabeth asks Mr. Hooper to remove his veil because there may be "whispers" that he hides "under the consciousness of secret sin" rather than the "type of an innocent sorrow," as...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2016 7:29 am UTC

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On his death bed, what does Mr. Hooper say he sees on the everyone's faces, and why is this so important to the story...

As Mr. Hooper is dying in his bed near the end of the story, another minister attempts to remove Mr. Hooper's black veil. He wants people to see Hooper's "triumphant" face as he passes over into...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2018 2:47 pm UTC

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Why is "The Minister's Black Veil" a parable?

A parable is a kind of story, typically a fictional one, that contains a moral or religious principle. This story seems to qualify doubly because it has both. It demonstrates a theme common to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2017 7:58 pm UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," why does Mr. Hooper wear the veil?

Mr. Hooper wears the black veil because he has come to understand a certain truth about humanity: that we are all sinful, but we attempt to hide our sinfulness from one another by holding up a...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 1:34 pm UTC

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In what ways does the veil affect Mr.Hooper's relationship with his congregation, in The Minister's Black Veil?

Nathaniel Hawthorne was known for his stories based in New England and dealing with Puritan religion. His works of literature have become synonymous with sin and righteousness, and the judgments of...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2014 8:26 pm UTC

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How does Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" relate to the Puritans?

The Puritans, of course, were historically a repressive religious (Protestant) group that left England for the New World in hopes of living a life free of the persecution at the hands of those who...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2010 8:44 am UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," Mr. Hooper's conversation with Elizabeth is the first time that readers learn about...

During this exchange, Mr. Hooper reveals his own secret sinfulness (without actually naming it as that). To explain the veil, he says, "this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am bound to wear...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 12:59 pm UTC

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What is the setting of "The Minister's Black Veil"?

Yes, the setting of the story is identified in the first line of the text: "The sexton stood in the porch of Milford meeting-house, pulling busily at the bell-rope." Milford is a town in...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 1:07 pm UTC

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On his deathbed, Mr.Hooper says, "I look around me, and lo! On every visage a Black Veil!" What does this statement...

"The Minister's Black Veil" has puzzled readers and critics since it was published in 1836 because Hawthorne does not make it clear what Reverend Hooper's reasons were for wearing the veil....

Latest answer posted December 1, 2011 9:50 am UTC

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What evidence hints at or suggests Mr. Hooper's reason for wearing the black veil? What effect does the ambiguity or...

Because Hawthorne's theme is secret sin, it is likely that he deliberately chooses to not reveal Mr. Hooper's reason(s) for wearing the black veil. The author has, however, borrowed the idea of...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2017 11:54 am UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," what does Mr.Hooper mean when he says "There is an hour to come when all of us shall...

In the story, Mr. Hooper's fiance begs him to take off his veil. She states that the veil hides the face that she is always glad to look upon. However, no matter how much she protests at his...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2015 10:15 pm UTC

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In Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," what reason does Mr. Hooper give Elizabeth for wearing the veil?

While Mr. Hooper doesn't explicitly state the reason he wears the veil, he certainly gives a number of clues. He tells Elizabeth, "There is an hour to come . . . when all of us shall cast aside...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 1:09 pm UTC

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What can you infer from Elizabeth's talk with Mr. Hooper in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

From the time that he dons the black veil and ascends the pulpit, the congregation of Mr. Hooper becomes unnerved, sensing that "the minister's veil is a fearful secret between him and them."...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2011 6:28 am UTC

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What is the tone of "The Minister's Black Veil"?

In addition to the dark and gloomy tone pointed out by other commenters, this story is also characterized by an immense sadness. Hawthorne validates Mr. Hooper's belief that each of us hides a...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 5:22 pm UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," does Mr. Hooper's smile symbolize anything?

I agree with the previous answer. I do not believe that Mr. Hooper's smile is symbolic of anything. The veil is the predominant symbolic image throughout this story. Mr. Hooper's smile is not an...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2016 3:16 pm UTC

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What are some internal/external conflicts in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

One further example of external conflict you might like to consider is man v society. In refusing to take off his black veil the minister is pitting himself against his congregation. His stubborn...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 9:49 am UTC

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How does Mr. Hooper's veil benefit him in his role as a clergyman?  How do these details suggest the theme of the...

One way in which Mr. Hooper benefits from the veil is that he can now affect his parishioners to a much greater extent than he ever did before he put it on. The narrator tells us that, on the day...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 9:22 pm UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," how does the black veil affect the wedding?

In the sin-obsessed atmosphere of the Puritan era, the Reverend Mr. Hooper's black veil, which hides the lower portion of his face and casts doubt in the minds of his congregation that their...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2016 6:35 pm UTC

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What is the people's initial reaction to Mr. Hooper's veil in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

Before he donned the black veil, the Reverend Mr. Hooper had been known as a pleasant and popular clergyman but not a particularly effective one. His previous preaching was mild and inoffensive but...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2017 7:14 am UTC

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How would you characterize Mr. Hooper?

Reverend Hooper is characterized directly and indirectly in the story, so it is helpful to understand a definition for each type of characterization. In direct characterization, a narrator makes a...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2015 9:02 pm UTC

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What are the main events in the story "The Minister's Black Veil"?

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" is, like his novel The Scarlet Letter, an expose of the hypocrisy of the Puritans and the destructive power of secret sin. Thus, the action that...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 2:19 am UTC

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What is the moral of "The Minister's Black Veil"?

The theme of "The Minister's Black Veil" is that secret sin exists in people, and they are hypocritical about their sins, pretending that they are guileless. This condition is especially true in...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 12:57 pm UTC

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What positive effect does the black veil have? Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil"

As narrator of "The Minister's Black Veil," Nathaniel Hawthorne writes, Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect, of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 2:18 am UTC

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How do people react to the presence of Hooper's veil at the funeral and at the wedding?

When Mr. Hooper arrives to officiate at the funeral for a young maiden, the mood is already sad and somber. Thus, the "black veil. . . was now an appropriate emblem." It is black, the color of...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2016 10:55 pm UTC

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What does the story "The Minister's Black Veil" reveal about Puritan religious beliefs, rules of behavior, values,...

In Hawthorne's classic short story, Reverend Hooper wears a black veil, which symbolically represents the various ways presumably righteous citizens conceal their dark secrets and sins. Whenever...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 12:38 pm UTC

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What does Mr. Hooper do when the Reverend Mr. Clark tries to remove his veil?

Late in his life, Father Hooper has become something of a celebrity within the religious community as a powerful and effective minister, but also for his peculiar black veil and the rumors that...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 9:05 pm UTC

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What is Mr. Hooper's sin in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," it is the ambiguity of the veil that creates the "Parable"; it is the doubt and ambiguity of the veil that most disturbs the congregation, and...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 8:08 am UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil" how does the congregation respond at first to Mr. Hooper's black veil? Why?

At first, the congregation is "wonder-struck" as the Reverend Mr. Hooper greets them on the way to the pulpit inside the church. In the exposition of "The Minister's Black Veil," the sexton awaits...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 4:02 pm UTC

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What is the major symbol and its meaning in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

The main symbol in Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" is Reverend Mr. Hooper's black veil. The ominous black veil symbolically represents the various ways people conceal and hide...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 5:44 pm UTC

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What message does "The Minister's Black Veil" convey?  

This story conveys the message that what unites all human beings is both our propensity to sin as well as our insistence on concealing our sinful natures from our peers. In this way, then, we can...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 3:52 pm UTC

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What are some examples of ambiguity in the story "The Minister's Black Veil"?

Ambiguity in "The Minister's Black Veil" centers around the reasons that the Reverend Mr. Hooper has donned the black veil and why he refuses to remove it, even for his fiancée and, in the end, as...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 12:43 am UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," what words/phrases add to the tone, and is it neutral or emotional?

The narrator in this excellent short story is clear to present events in a detached manner, but there is also a clearly tragic tone added when the veil is referred to. Consider, for example, the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010 11:45 pm UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," what was the subject of Mr. Hooper's sermon on the day he began to wear the veil? How...

The subject of Mr. Hooper's sermon is secret sin—that sin which is hidden from others as well as from oneself. This would seem to be a condition of which Mr. Hooper has direct personal experience:...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2020 12:38 pm UTC

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What is the topic of the first sermon Mr.Hooper gives while wearing the veil?

Mr. Hooper’s first sermon in “The Minister’s Black Veil” is about the notion of guilt or “secret sin,” a familiar idea in Hawthorne’s work. Hawthorne establishes this theme early on with the minute...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2018 9:48 pm UTC

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How do the parishioners react to the veil?

When Mr. Hooper walks past the sexton, he is amazed; then, as he mounts the pulpit with a black veil, his parishioners are astonished, frightened, unnerved, confused, and appalled. Ironically,...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 4:12 pm UTC

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In a single afternoon, Hooper presides at both a funeral and a wedding. How do people react to the presence of the...

At the first service, the parishioners are unnerved by the Minister's veil and most feel a sense of dread, something foreboding. The narrator notes that Mr. Hooper's sermons had always been mildly...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2014 2:10 pm UTC

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How does The Minister's Black Veil relate to the Romantic's time period?

Additionally, The Minister's Black Veil has characteristics that are unique to the Romantic period, particularly those which are directly connected with Gothic literature. In Gothic literature...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

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What do the townspeople say about the veil in The Minister's Black Veil?

The townspeople definitely do not like the black veil that hangs in front of Hooper's face. Some think it is a gimmick or a way to protect his eyes from the sun. Others said there was no mystery...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2016 2:29 pm UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil," what happens to Mr. Hooper when he sees himself in the mirror? 

On the day that Mr. Hooper begins to wear the black veil, he first delivers his sermon, and the topic is "secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2016 8:47 pm UTC

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What themes do Mr. Hooper's last words and the final images in "The Minister's Black Veil" suggest?  Quote and...

Father Hooper addresses the "pale spectators" encircling his death bed with the question "Why do you tremble at me alone?" and the exhortation "Tremble also at each other!" His point is that he...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2018 3:15 am UTC

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Why does the veil make Mr. Hooper a more effective minister?

Initially, Mr. Hooper's veil perturbs his congregation, as people find the black veil to be ominous and foreboding. However, Mr. Hooper's messages seem to be more direct and influential to his...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2017 10:17 am UTC

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What are some metaphors in "The Minister's Black Veil" by Hawthorne?

Let us remember that a metaphor is an example of figurative language, that compares one thing to something else completely different but forces us to see the comparison. However, metaphors differ...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 7:17 pm UTC

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Who are the characters in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

The most important character in "The Minister's Black Veil" is the Reverend Hooper (the minister of the title); his fiance, Elizabeth, also plays into the story significantly as she, in some ways,...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2009 1:24 pm UTC

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What is the setting of the story The Minister's Black Veil?

"Setting" comprises not just a geographical location, but also the historical/ social context and the time period when the story takes place. The geographical setting of "The Minister's Black...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2015 12:31 am UTC

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In "The Minister's Black Veil" by Hawthorne, why do the townspeople react so strongly to the veil?  

On a really basic level, one reason the townspeople react so strongly to the black veil Mr. Hooper wears is that it is odd. It is a strange thing to do to cover one's face as he has done, and it...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016 7:55 pm UTC

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What does Poe refer to when he said, "...a crime of dark dye (having reference to the "young lady") has been...

In "The Minister's Black Veil", the Reverend Mr. Hooper begins to wear a black veil that obscures most of his face, suprising and confusing his congregation. It is strongly suggested that Hooper is...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2013 5:48 am UTC

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What literary elements are used in "The Minister's Black Veil"?

In the story, Nathaniel Hawthorne alternates narrative with dialogue. He employs a third-person narrator who provides background, insights into the characters, and plot points. The dialogue shows...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2019 4:34 am UTC

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How does Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" fit the Romantic time period?

It is important to remember that Hawthorne was considered a "Dark Romantic" rather than just a Romantic author. The Dark Romantics, as they were named, consisted of authors such as Hawthorne, Poe...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2010 8:33 am UTC

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What message does "The Minister's Black Veil" convey?

"The Minister's Black Veil" conveys the idea that we are all sinful by nature, and yet we hide our sinful natures from one another in an attempt to portray ourselves as sinless. In this way, we...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 1:53 pm UTC

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What effect were the veil and Mr. Hooper said to have had on the corpse at the funeral?

Reverend Hooper's disturbing black veil is described as an "appropriate emblem" for the funeral that he attends in the afternoon. The somber atmosphere surrounding the black veil corresponds to the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2018 10:24 pm UTC

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