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The Minister's Black Veil

This particular story can be more effectively contrasted than compared to the transcendentalist ways of thinking. The transcendentalists believed in humanity's fundamental goodness, that each of...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016 1:11 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

I must admit to being impressed by the solemnity of Mr. Hooper and his decision to don the veil. Out of the possible responses you outline, I don't think for one moment that he is playing games. If...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2011 8:23 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" is so named because the action centers around a town's minister suddenly wearing a black veil over most of his face. This causes quite...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 4:43 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil,” a New England clergyman appears one Sunday morning wearing a mysterious black veil over his visage. Through descriptions of plot action and...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 6:47 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The minister and his fiancée, Elizabeth, have a fundmanetal difference of opinion on matters of trust, faith, and love. Although the minister apparently begins wearing the veil as an experiment, he...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 4:37 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

One of the more complex issues in the short story "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne is precisely why the minister starts wearing the veil. Just before the opening of the story,...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2015 12:16 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In reality the reason is quite simple: He was the man she was to marry, and everyone thought he was insane. She had to bear the burden of being associated with him, so she implored him more than...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 1:25 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Like much of Hawthorne's work, "The Minister's Black Veil" is set in Puritan New England and reflects the austere atmosphere of the Puritans who were so concerned with sin in an unforgiving...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2013 5:22 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

As you note in your question, aside from Reverend Hooper, who, after donning the black veil, spends the rest of his life isolated from his congregation and the larger society and, one can argue,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011 11:40 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The subject of Mr. Hooper's first sermon after he begins to wear the veil is actually an explanation of the truth behind the veil. The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 2:07 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil" illustrates many different themes illuminated in the text through the use of the veil worn by Reverend Hooper. The veil represents sin, guilt,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2012 12:28 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The plot deals with several themes, but the most important to Hooper is that of the darkness of humankind. He wears the veil in order to symbolize the dark side of human nature in order to become...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2007 1:21 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Certainly the shame of the ignominous behavior of his uncle during the Salem Witchcraft Trials shadowed the conscience of Nathaniel Hawthorne. But, beyond that, Hawthorne absolutely repudiated the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 5:37 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A taboo is defined as a forbidden or prohibited practice. Sometimes, social conventions also prohibit connections with certain places, people, or things. These elements are considered taboo, like...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2017 11:19 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

There are many different "deep and good" questions one could ask about Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil." 1. What is the symbolism associated with the color of the...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011 8:45 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

After the Reverend Hooper dons a black veil that covers his face except for his mouth and chin, giving "a darkened aspect to all living and inanimate things," his congregation is greatly disturbed,...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2014 10:21 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Mr. Hooper qualifies as a romantic character because he is so much more focused on feeling and emotional truth than he is on logic and because he is not afraid to be ostracized for his beliefs. He...

Latest answer posted April 23, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

A fine question. The short answer is, we don't know. The facts of the case are hidden from us as the minister's face is hidden from the congregation.The somewhat longer answer is, perhaps—it is...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2007 9:33 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

This text is affected by the period during which Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote it, the Romantic period, because it focuses on the personal experience and feelings of the individual. Mr. Hooper, a...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2020 3:04 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Honestly, it depends. If we are talking about common religious belief for the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the community in which Mr. Hooper resides, then his wearing the veil doesn't...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 6:15 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

I have always read this story as part of Hawthorne's continuing exploration of a theme he expressed directly in The Scarlet Letter. And be the stern and sad truth spoken, that the breach which...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2009 5:25 am UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

In the short story "The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the veil symbolises deceit in the sense of hiding the truth. Sometimes society as a whole is involved in some sort of...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 10:11 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

The setting of the short story "The Minister's Black Veil" is a small old village in Milford. According to a footnote, the village is located in New England, perhaps in Connecticut or...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2019 6:23 pm UTC

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The Minister's Black Veil

Very interesting question! You are completely right in identifying the context in which Hawthorne was writing. However, it is also important to identify how Hawthorne in his writings challenges and...

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

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The Minister's Black Veil

The topic of the first sermon that Mr. Hooper gives in this story is used by Nathaniel Hawthorne as a strong indicator of the symbolic significance for the black veil that he has donned. Note what...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 8:13 pm UTC

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