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

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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 believes that they (and perhaps all people) carry horrifying sins of their own that they hide from others in a less literal way than he has chosen with his symbolic veil. His final words,"I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!," suggests that as he departs his earthly life, he wants the people attending his death to consider their own misdeeds, which he claims are there for him to see. Hawthorne, the story's author, was critical of religious dogma that focused primarily on sin rather than redemption, and Hooper's last words were meant to be jarring and ugly to express his disapproval of this sort of condemnation from clergymen.

The imagery of Hooper's corpse with its faint smile suggests that Hooper is pleased with himself for shocking the people who...

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