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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper's sudden adoption of a black veil makes his congregation uneasy because nobody really knew why he did it, hence, the curiosity that the imagination creates leads to all sorts of ideas:...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2011 5:07 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Certainly, I believe that everyone has secrets, even if those secrets are not "sinful," per se, since -- as the other commenter points out -- sin is subjective and religious in nature. Everyone...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 6:25 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In the end of "The Minister's Black Veil," the townspeople fear the Reverend Mr. Hooper because of the ambiguity of secret sin and sorrow which envelops him with his refusal to remove his veil....

Latest answer posted June 29, 2016 5:39 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

First of all, Mr. Hooper conducts a funeral for a young lady who's recently passed away. This is one of the few places where the wearing of a black veil is entirely appropriate. Even so, Mr....

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018 6:36 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Hawthorne most likely uses the physician to represent the views of the most educated among Reverend Hooper's congregation. Because the physician is both educated and articulate, his reaction to...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2011 4:51 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Secrets play a major role in "The Minister's Black Veil"; there are the secret sins of the members of the congregation, sins they fear that the Reverend Mr. Hooper may see from behind his veil, and...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2016 1:35 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The village physician seems to represent the voice of empirical reason and rationality. Physicians deal with the tangible, what can be seen with the eyes and touched with the hands, but the...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 6:11 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

At the beginning of the story, Hawthorne says that the veil Mr. Hooper has adopted "probably did not intercept his sight, further than to give a darkened aspect to all living and inanimate things."...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2019 2:21 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Though much of "The Minister's Black Veil" actually focuses on what unites humanity -- our inherently sinful natures as well as our universal attempt to hide our true natures from others -- Mr....

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 1:08 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The answer to this question can be found if we look at what Mr. Hooper says on his deathbed at the end of his story and also when we consider the symbolic significance of the black veil. Note what...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2011 7:58 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Often, Romantic writers focused on the wonderful things of which humankind is capable. We have an enormous capacity for generosity and creativity and love, as well as the ability to find truth in...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 4:23 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

With "The Minister's Black Veil" the sin in question is original sin, or the fact that we are all unable to be in God's presence because of Adam and Eve's choice to eat the forbidden fruit. In "The...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2012 1:32 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil," Reverend Hooper's first sermon concerns secret sin. The townspeople are all rather taken aback by both the veil and the darker, gloomier tone of the...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010 12:27 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

An embassy of parishioners is sent to inquire about the veil's explicit meaning because no individual among Mr. Hooper's congregation has had the courage to ask the minister about it directly. The...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2016 6:14 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

We never get to find out exactly why Mr. Hooper wears the black veil, which merely adds to its mystery. Nevertheless, there are one or two subtle hints in the text that point towards a possible...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018 10:21 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

One idea that links the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and "The Minister's Black Veil" is the notion that human beings fear the unknown. During the Salem Witch Trials, fear and hysteria spread like...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 7:07 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The congregation of Reverend Hooper's church is confused at why he is wearing an ominous black veil, which consists of two folds of crape that cover the majority of his face. The members of...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018 5:00 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Your question points to one of the enduring mysteries of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" ("TMBV"). Reverend Hooper's congregation, so unnerved by his appearance in...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2015 1:12 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

At first, it seems Elizabeth is the only person who accepts the veil. She is not frightened of its appearance as the other townspeople are and keeps her engagement to Hooper. However, Hooper's...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 11:46 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Throughout the narrative of Hawthorne's story, "The Minister's Black Veil," the congregation has been threatened by the veil that the minister has donned. While they at first suspect him of sin,...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2009 12:51 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

There are many similarities between Billy Joel's "The Stranger" and "The Minister's Black Veil." First, the narrator of "The Stranger" says, "Well we all have a face / That we hide away forever /...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 2:43 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The subject of Mr. Hooper's sermon on the day he first wears the veil was preached deliberately to cause the parishioners to reflect upon their own actions and doings. Hawthorne writes that,...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 3:17 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil" the mood prior to the arrival of the minister is meant to contrast dramatically with the subsequent pivotal event of witnessing the man's creepy black veil over his...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2013 3:19 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

People initially respond to seeing the minister with the black veil on his face with shock and horror. The sexton is "astonish[ed]," asking what it is that their good minister has on his face....

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 4:57 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A pun is a play on words that sound alike but have different meanings. When the narrator describes the shocked reaction of Mr. Hooper's congregation, one old man "seemed not fully to partake of the...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 7:18 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

After the other members of the congregation have attempted to talk Mr. Hooper out of wearing the veil and failed to even start the conversation, Mr. Hooper's fiancee Elizabeth decides to talk to...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2015 1:01 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

As the congregation gathers in the meeting house, the sexton cries, "But what has good Parson Hooper got upon his face?" When another member of the congregation repeats "good Mr. Hooper,"...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2009 4:10 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

"The Minister's Black Veil" opens with an unsettling change in the lives of the residents of the village of Milford; one of their religious leaders, Parson Hooper, has suddenly taken to wearing a...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016 1:18 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

I believe you are referring to Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "The Minister's Black Veil." In this story, in addition to Mr. Hooper's veil, another veil is referred to when the narrator...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 10:50 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

This title is bestowed on the Reverend Hooper in later life: As the years wore on, shedding their snows above his sable veil, he acquired a name throughout the New England churches, and they...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 8:59 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A prevailing motif that threads through many of Hawthorne's narratives is that of the Puritans secret sins. Greatly disturbed by a theology that did not allow for redemption from sin, Hawthorne...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2011 6:40 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The Reverend Hooper is a man apart from men in that he is separated from them by the wearing of the black veil. Whatever Hooper's reasons for wearing it, the veil scares and unnerves most of his...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 8:43 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

There are three ways in which a character can fit the "Romantic hero" archetype, and Mr. Hooper embodies all of them. First, he rejects social norms. Socially, we tend to keep our faces --...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 12:32 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister's smile represents his knowledge of the secret "moral truth" of the people around him. As he says on his death bed, every face, to him, is wearing its own veil; he means that everyone...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 11:57 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The mood and setting as the story opens is generally cheerful and optimistic, showing a pleasant town getting ready for church on Sunday. We are told that before this fateful Sunday, the Reverend...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2015 11:20 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper's parishioners have an intense reaction to his black veil, at first, because it is extremely off-putting. They are very confused by it because it is so uncommon a thing for a person to...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 12:51 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Your question is interesting because we are never told explicity the reason why Mr. Hooper dons the black veil, except for it being a symbol. Other authors, in particular Poe, have suggested that...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2010 1:56 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Elizabeth realizes that the world will judge Mr. Hooper for the veil even if it's only a sign of an innocent sorrow, as he says. Elizabeth isn't afraid of the veil at first. She says that the only...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 10:19 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

At the funeral, Mr. Hooper's black veil seems very fitting. As the narrator says, "It was now an appropriate emblem." The veil is black, the color associated with mourning. Its meaning seems...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 12:51 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Elizabeth is Hooper's fiancée. She is generally described as a kind-hearted and loving woman. When Hooper adopts the black veil and refuses to take it off, much of the town turns away from him in...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2019 1:26 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

What at first had seemed nothing more than a harmless eccentricity has now become a source of real disquiet among Mr. Hooper's parishioners. Not to put too fine a point on it, his constant wearing...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 7:21 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Very interesting question. It is clear that the black veil has both a positive and a negative impact on Mr. Hooper. We are told how the black veil distances him from his own village, and of course,...

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

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," the reference to people in the town as "Goodman" or "Goodwife" as well as the reference to the place of worship as the "meeting-house" help us to identify the time...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 1:45 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The great Transcendentalist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who held that each individual can reach higher truths through intuition, wrote that "nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind";...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2010 3:55 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The Reverend Hooper previously enjoyed a fairly good relationship with his local community. He was renowned as a good preacher (if none too energetic). He gained a reputation as a minister who...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2018 10:35 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

You would be wise to consider why Hawthorne gave this excellent short story the title that he did. The black veil clearly plays a massively important role, and it is crucial to realise the symbolic...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2010 8:55 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

1. Superficially, members of Mr. Hooper's congregation react the way they do because it is just plain weird to them that their minister, without explanation or warning, simply walks out of his...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 1:36 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In "The Minister's Black Veil," Nathaniel Hawthorne tells of a minister named Mr. Hooper, who shows up at a Sunday meeting with a semitransparent black veil draped over his face. He preaches on...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2020 3:06 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Elizabeth is Mr. Hooper's fiancée. She is at first less given to ascribing sinister motives to the veil that the Reverend Hooper wears over his face. Eventually, however, she asks him to remove it....

Latest answer posted November 15, 2012 12:35 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

There are many theories in literature trying to answer the ONE question that Hawthorne never really addresses: Why did Mr. Hooper do this? While the story points at a similar event that took place...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015 7:37 pm UTC

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