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The Minister's Black Veil

In the story, the clergyman Mr Hooper starts to wear a black veil that stops just above his mouth. It shocks the people in the town who don't quite know what to think about it. Most grow to hate it...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 11:45 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A deputation from the Reverend Hooper's church wishes to speak to him because the congregation feels that he will cause a scandal if he continues to wear the veil. However, after an disconcerting...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2015 10:05 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Weddings are supposed to be joyous family occasions. There is always a sense of happiness for the newly wedded couple as well as a positive and hopeful outlook on the new couple's future together....

Latest answer posted July 1, 2017 2:45 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Puritan times, as Hawthorne describes it, the church was a building called a meeting house and the Sabbath a cheerful time because of giving praise to God and because of visiting with members of...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015 7:23 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The initial mood of the townsfolk appears quite upbeat. It's Sunday, the most important day of the week for God-fearing Puritans. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everything seems...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2018 8:54 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The only "answer" that Elizabeth is given from Hooper as to why he has donned this curious veil is one that does not really explain fully the complex reasons for Hooper's dramatic fashion...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2011 2:12 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Throughout the story, Hooper's reputation remains in good standing. The black veil does initially cast a weird and ominous vibe over Hooper, and most of the people in town would probably prefer him...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 3:22 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The nurse at Hooper's deathbed is Elizabeth, his former fiancee. Not much mention of Elizabeth is made at this point in the story, other than to name her as the nurse. This may be because it is...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2016 1:41 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

This is a weird and gloomy story, and it leaves the reader feeling depressed. However, it can be studied for its masterful technique. Hawthorne was an extremely conscientious writer. After...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2012 5:55 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The moral lesson of "The Minister's Black Veil" is that we all are sinners. We all have a sin—have made a mistake—that has hurt others, and we all hide our shadow side. As the Reverend Hooper tells...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:03 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

We know that he has a reputation for being "good" as he is called "good Parson Hooper" or "good Mr. Hooper" often by both townspeople and the narrator. Further, the narrator tells us that Mr....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 1:00 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

One day, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, Mr. Hooper, a minister in a small village, begins wearing a black veil in front of his eyes. He refuses to remove it despite the shock and horror of his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 3:32 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper gives Elizabeth two reasons to stay by his side. First, he says, "'[...] hereafter there shall be no veil over my face, no darkness between our souls! It is but a mortal veil -- it is...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 1:22 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, Mr. Hooper, who one day appears at the meeting house with a black veil draped over the top half of his face,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Let us remember for one moment the key elements of a plot graph. In order, they are the exposition, which presents the main characters and the conflict, the rising action, in which a series of...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 7:28 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Hooper's black veil covers his features completely, with the exception of his mouth and chin. Often, however, the people see a "sad smile" flickering across his lips, prompting some of them to...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 2:30 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister’s name is Reverend Hooper, and he is the main protagonist of the short story, “The Minister’s Black Veil”. Reverend Hooper appears at church one Sunday wearing a black veil hiding his...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 1:59 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The first explanation for the veil offered by a parishioner is from Goodman Gray, who says, "'Our parson has gone mad!" as he follows Mr. Hooper on the first morning the minister dons it. The...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 1:56 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper's reaction to seeing his own reflection is much the same as everyone else's reaction to seeing him wear the veil. [...] his own antipathy to the veil was known to be so great, that he...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 12:38 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Hawthorne's argument—is that everyone has secret sins within their souls and that by keeping these sins from view, people are not being fully honest with one another. Were everyone to make plain...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

You are only allowed to ask one question, remember, so I will answer your first question relating to what happens to our "black veils" after we die. It is crucial to realise the symbolic...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2010 11:54 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

What a wonderful question! My opinion of Hawthorne's choice of his main character's occupation is that the minister, more than a baker, teacher, or any other secular occupation epitomizes...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2008 10:44 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Although there is speculation that, perhaps, Mr. Hooper has committed some kind of sexual sin with a young lady, this is unconvincing to some readers, as Hooper seems to love his fiancée,...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:09 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The narrator in Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," who is a limited narrator—that is, who records events as they appear to an observer—notes that Reverend Hooper's veil . . . seemed to...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 1:10 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Hawthorne's short story, "The Minister's Black Veil," the emphasis is on the way in which the individual can differentiate himself from the common man by being willing to speak the truth about...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2016 10:04 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

We don't know for sure as Hawthorne never explicitly gives the reason for the minister's wearing of the black veil. Nevertheless, the veil itself is incredibly symbolic. In wearing it, the minister...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2018 11:19 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

When Mr. Hooper leans over the coffin of the dead maiden, his veil falls away from his face so that, if she were alive she would be able to see his face beneath the veil. The narrator says that...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 11:52 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper leaves the wedding reception early because he caught "a glimpse of his figure in the looking-glass, [and] the black veil involved his own spirit in the horror with which it overwhelmed...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 2:47 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The word rest in this quote from Hawthorne's story refers to the minister's impending death and subsequent time in the afterlife--it's similar to our maxim, "rest in peace." Throughout his ministry...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 4:16 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

If you are referring to style I think you need to be aware of the context within which Hawthorne was writing and why he is referred to as a Dark Romantic. Dark Romantics, or...

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

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The Minister's Black Veil

Hawthorne develops the symbolism of the veil by slowly revealing more and more clues about its meaning. Early in the story, the narrative focuses to a great extent on how the veil affects Mr....

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper has never been a particularly "energetic" preacher; he has been generally mild rather than adopting a fire and brimstone style of speech. The sermon which he now delivered was marked by...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2019 9:56 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister of the story, Mr. Hooper, has committed some unspecified sin. We never get to find out what it is, not least because he never tells anyone about it, although there is some speculation...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 11:10 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

While we educators at Enotes do not write essays for students, there is assistance that we can provide. After the student peruses the story and notes significant passages, etc. he or she may wish...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2013 8:11 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The truth is, the reader never truly finds out why Father Hooper is wearing the veil. It appears quite suddenly, and the members of his church are most definitely put off by its addition to his...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2015 6:13 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

While children run screaming from him in the streets and the good people shun him, those who are aware of their sin turn to the Reverend Hooper because they feel a sense of kinship with him. His...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:31 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Puritan times, sin was a constant topic of conversation; in fact, Calvinists of the Puritan era believed that people were predestined by God either to be saved from sin or damned. With this...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2009 12:47 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Both of the short stories "The Minister's Black Veil," by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and "The Fall of the House of Usher," by Edgar Allan Poe, deal with the theme of the evil of human nature. However,...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2015 1:36 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Good question. Look at his line late in the story: "Never!" cried the veiled clergyman. "On earth, never!" From some reason—some deep and mysterious reason—the veil has become...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 10:28 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

When Mr. Hooper lays on his deathbed, those gathered around his bed urge him to remove the black veil. When Hooper refuses to do so, one of the ministers insults him and threatens him with eternal...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 12:02 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Readers know that Hooper can't stand the sight of his own reflection with the veil hanging before his face. He is so averse to himself that he avoids mirrors and even calm, reflective water. In...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 7:52 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

During the time in which Hawthorne wrote "The Minister's Black Veil" (the late 1830s), most people looked back on the Puritans with a mixture of horror and shame. The Salem Witch Trials had...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 3:22 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

It is likewise possible to find quotes that explore the consequences of being the only person honest enough in his community to admit the truth about humanity: that we are all sinners who try to...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 5:21 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," the popular, beloved Reverend Hooper begins wearing a black veil, which covers the majority of his face and symbolically represents the façade that righteous people...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 3:42 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Edgar Allan Poe wrote that the symbolism of the black veil was a matter to be determined by the reader, who would bring a particular perspective on matters such as sin, guilt, pride, and...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 11:17 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The author states specifically that the minister's black veil not only hides his face from the world but also gives him a darkened view of everything, including all the people he meets. The...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2012 10:56 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Whereas the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale is the inadvertent messenger of secret sin with his congregation, the Reverend Mr. Hooper is an intended one. In Chapter XI of The Scarlet Lettter, Hawthorne...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012 4:40 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" , we find that the sudden donning of a crepe piece of black cloth has caused a major controversy among Mr. Hopper's faithful...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 8:43 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In response to Mr. Hooper's black veil, the townspeople begin to judge him almost immediately. His fiancee, Elizabeth, tells him that most people do not believe that Mr. Hooper wears the veil to...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 12:00 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The thesis of Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" is essentially the same as that of his story "Young Goodman Brown," which is that everybody has a dark side of his or her character which we...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2012 4:36 pm UTC

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