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The Minister's Black Veil

But there was one person in the village, unappalled by the awe with which the black veil had impressed all beside herself....she, with the calm energy of her character, determined to chase away...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 11:13 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," the black veil represents isolation for Parson Hooper. He says to Elizabeth, for example, that he is "lonely" and "frightened" as a result of wearing the veil. The...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2017 9:58 am UTC

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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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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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The Minister's Black Veil

For the first time since Mr. Hooper began to wear the veil, it now seemed "an appropriate emblem." Black is often associated with death and mourning, and we even think of a veil as separating the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 1:34 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

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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The Minister's Black Veil

When the deputation of the church approaches the Reverend Mr. Hooper to deal with "the mystery of his black veil" before it develops into what they worry might be a scandal, this group fails to...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2017 10:37 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Ordinarily, you'd think that Mr. Hooper's parishioners would want to talk to him about his unusual habit of wearing a black veil all the time. After all, it makes him appear rather odd, and truth...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020 10:34 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A young lady has recently passed away. In his capacity as minister, Mr. Hooper presides over her funeral. Mr. Hooper is wearing his mysterious black veil, which at least looks more appropriate at a...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2020 11:20 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The resolution of "The Minister's Black Veil" is the conclusion of the conflicts effected by the black veil that Mr. Hooper has worn: The mystery of his symbolic gesture of wearing a veil over his...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 10:46 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In order to address this question, I want to clarify that "supernatural" does not simply refer to ghosts and goblins and vampires, as we common think of it today. "Supernatural" actually has a...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 7:34 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

I think the veil has such a powerful effect on people because they do not understand it. When we don't understand things, we often fear them. Plus, when the minister first puts it on, he gives a...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2010 10:46 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

At the end of Hawthorne's classic short story "The Minister's Black Veil," Reverend Hooper is lying on his death bed and Reverend Mr. Clark attempts to persuade him to take off his ominous black...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2019 1:49 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The ambiguity of the black veil is that its meaning is unclear to virtually everyone in Mr. Hooper's village. His first sermon wearing the veil gives some clues as to its significance: "The...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 4:49 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister of Westbury, Mr. Clark, attends the deathbed of Mr. Hooper, now called Father Hooper. Mr. Clark clearly has a great deal of respect for Father Hooper and calls him "'a blameless...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 6:44 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

This is an interesting question in part because most readers conclude that the veil has only disastrous effects--alienating Reverend Hooper's congregation from him; ruining his fiancee's...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 4:01 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The first hint we get about the meaning of the veil is the subject of the first sermon Mr. Hooper delivers after he begins to wear it. "The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 1:51 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Figurative language makes use of various figures of speech in order to make the writing or speech more effective. Some common figures of speech would be metaphors, similes, allusions, alliteration,...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2020 12:51 am UTC

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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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The Minister's Black Veil

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...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 9:27 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

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...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 3:11 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

There are probably plenty of rumors going around town about why the good Mr. Hooper has chosen to hide his face behind a black veil. Paragraph 23 states that the veil and Mr. Hooper are the central...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 2:09 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The sexton refers to him as "'good Mr. Hooper,'" and another old woman says that he has "'changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face'"; both of these descriptions seem to imply...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018 11:39 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

"The Minister's Black Veil" largely conveys the idea that people have the potential for both good and evil through the characterization of Mr. Hooper, the minister, himself. Mr. Hooper is routinely...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 1:44 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Of course, the central symbol of Hawthorne's story is Mr. Hooper's black veil, which represents the "shadow" that each man creates in order to hide his own secret sins. However, as the narrator of...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2013 12:29 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

On his deathbed, Mr. Hooper points out the irony that "men avoided [him], and women show[ed] no pity, and children screamed and fled" from him because of the black veil he wears. It is ironic and,...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Before he began to wear the black veil, Mr. Hooper's congregation regarded him as "a good preacher, but not an energetic one: he strove to win his people heavenward by mild, persuasive influences,...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 12:21 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

At the beginning of the story, before Mr. Hooper appears wearing his black veil, the mood is relaxed and carefree. All of Milford's residents, young and old and everyone in between, are making...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The members of the congregation of Mr. Hooper are filled with astonishment when they see their minister with a black veil covering the lower part of his face as he steps out his door. But, Mr....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Nothing, except that, one Sunday, without warning or explanation, he walks out of his front door wearing a black veil; the veil is made of two layers of crape material that cover his eyes, nose,...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 11:32 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister of Milford, Mr. Hooper, is supposed to be soon married, but his marriage will never take place. His fiancee, Elizabeth, feels that "it should be her privilege to know what the black...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 1:23 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A mood of mystery and darkness is established by Hawthorne's use of the black veil as a symbol. The first paragraph shows what life in the town was like just prior to anyone seeing the veil, and...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 6:37 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

When the Reverend Mr. Clark sits by Father Hooper's deathbed, Mr. Clark asks Father Hooper to allow him to remove the veil from Father Hooper's face so that he can meet eternity without it. Father...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 11:58 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper’s black veil is just plain weird, and to show up unexpectedly with it on one day is just as bizarre. People in his congregation cannot figure it out, and even as Hooper preaches about...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 3:51 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Prior to wearing the veil, Hooper had not been particularly effective in delivering his sermons. On the day he puts on the veil, however, he is intense, moving the congregation so much that they...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 4:46 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Anti-transcendentalism, also known as dark romanticism, was a very pessimistic philosophical view of literature that stood in contrast to the views of transcendentalists such as Emerson, who were...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 6:23 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

When Mr. Hooper sees his reflection in a mirror just as he's about to make a toast to the newly married couple, he has the same response to the sight of himself wearing the black veil that everyone...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 5:48 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Hawthorne describes Reverend Hooper's black veil as a two-fold piece of black crape that hangs from his forehead to the top of his mouth, where it is noticeably shaken by his breath whenever he...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 11:20 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Though the veil has a number of tremendously negative effects, it does have one positive or desirable consequence as well: it makes "its wearer a very efficient clergyman." Wearing the veil, Mr....

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 2:17 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The topic of the Reverend Mr. Hooper's sermon is secret sin. Since the Calvinists (such as the Reverend Jonathan Edwards) of the Puritan era are sin-obsessed, at the center of their theology is an...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2016 4:11 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Romantic literature often focuses heavily on emotion and can privilege the idea of rebellion against established social convention, and "The Minister's Black Veil" does both. Certainly, Mr....

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 1:36 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The black veil the minister wears becomes a mystery since the first day he stands in his church and preaches about secret sin to his congregation. The veil is a symbol of the sins he hides from...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 8:38 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," the veil separates Mr. Hooper from his congregation in several different important ways. First off, the veil separates him physically from the rest of the village....

Latest answer posted December 2, 2015 11:57 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper's fiancee, Elizabeth, is the only person in the town of Milford who is not "impressed" by the minister's black veil. She says that there "'is nothing terrible'" in it, and she asks Mr....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 12:02 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Elizabeth, Hooper's fiance, is not only scared of the black veil, she doesn't understand why he wears it. She, for a while, gives him the benefit of the doubt, but later when she asks him to...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 2:36 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Despite the fact that Mr. Hooper is friendly and that his manner is unchanged, no one among his parishioners can bring themselves to ask him about the veil. A certain “feeling of dread” causes each...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 11:32 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The atmosphere at the meeting house is quite upbeat ahead of Reverend Hooper's imminent arrival. It's Sunday, the highlight of the week for your average Puritan. This is the day when the whole...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 9:37 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," Mr. Hooper never actually had a wife. When the story opens he is engaged to a young woman named Elizabeth, and they are deeply in love. She would obviously make an...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 10:11 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The story opens with the surprising and shocking appearance of Parson Hooper wearing a black veil. The veil is described as two layers of crape, a crisp and folded material traditionally associated...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2015 6:43 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In this story, the wind seems to be symbolic of the feelings of Mr. Hooper's congregation. The first time the wind is mentioned by the narrator is during the description of the congregation's...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 3:48 pm UTC

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