It was now an appropriate emblem. Shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, Hathorne changed his name to Hawthorne. A superstitious old woman was the only witness of this prodigy. Covered with his black veil, he stood before the chief magistrate, the council, and the representatives, and wrought so deep an impression, that the legislative measures of that year were characterized by all the gloom and piety of our earliest ancestral sway. Much of the story focuses on the acrimonious reaction of the congregation to the seemingly benign veil.
A subtle power was breathed into his words. At the close of the services the people hurried out with indecorous confusion, eager to communicate their pent-up amazement, and conscious of lighter spirits the moment they lost sight of the black veil. There was a feeling of dread, neither plainly confessed nor carefully concealed, which caused each to shift the responsibility upon another, till at length it was found expedient to send a deputation of the church, in order to deal with Mr. Suffer us to be gladdened by your triumphant aspect as you go to your reward. We have a masquerade a spectacular song in The Phantom of the Opera but live in the quiet desperation that people will change their judgmental attitudes so we may release our own veils. Though reckoned a melancholy man, Mr. He entered with an almost noiseless step, bent his head mildly to the pews on each side, and bowed as he passed his oldest parishioner, a whitehaired great-grandsire, who occupied an armchair in the center of the aisle.
Many spread their clasped hands on their bosoms. The wedding is as somber as a famous wedding mentioned by the narrator, in which the groom was about to die. Yet, though so well acquainted with this amiable weakness, no individual among his parishioners chose to make the black veil a subject of friendly remonstrance. He could not walk the street with any peace of mind, so conscious was he that the gentle and timid would turn aside to avoid him, and that others would make it a point of hardihood to throw themselves in his way. He wears it to a funeral where it should have been appropriate, but it makes the funeral even more frightening for attendees.
Although the story never directly implies one interpretation of the symbolism of the black veil, it may be argued that either of the two interpretations are realistically the same. Yet, though so well acquainted with this amiable weakness, no individual among his parishioners chose to make the black veil a subject of friendly remonstrance. He's a tormented soul and feels the need to let everyone know by veiling his face, forever. The people, full of sin themselves, felt fear and resentment when they saw the physical symbol of sin on the minister's face. Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne's writing tends to center on the New England area and specifically early American Puritans. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.
It is the sacrifice of Christ that takes away one's shame and suffering; his wearing of the veil undermines the infinite nature of that sacrifice. With one accord they started, expressing more wonder than if some strange minister were coming to dust the cushions of Mr. The bridal pair stood up before the minister. After a brief interval, forth came good Mr. Elizabeth visits him on his deathbed, where he says that everyone is wearing black veils.
People are scared by him; however, it turns out that his new appearance makes him a better preacher. The story leaves you thinking about what the minister tells at the end. Reverend Hooper's sad smile, so often mentioned in the story, may indicate his sorrowful recognition that he has failed to make clear to his congregation what the veil represents. Take it not amiss, beloved friend, if I wear this piece of crepe till then. Hooper, arriving at church with an ugly black veil covering his face. Hooper appeared not to notice the perturbation of his people.
This dismal shade must separate me from the world; even you, Elizabeth, can never come behind it. Hooper comes out as usual but wearing a black veil. Many spread their clasped hands on their bosoms. Their instinctive dread caused him to feel more strongly than aught else, that a preternatural horror was interwoven with the threads of the black crape. We are all composed of good and evil—a common element in Hawthorne's characters—but do you have to wear that thing all the time? This is an allegory to it because since people was judging it like the jewish were judging the woman who was committing adultery, they were committing a sin and it can't be taken away.
Hooper reveals in the story, is a symbol of secret sin, hiding one's true nature, and a lack of awareness of one's own consciousness. Yet now he is wearing a veil that hides his entire face, except for his mouth and chin. I think that this is a really nice The Minister's Black Veil is a short story written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He worked at a Custom House and joined a Transcendentalist Utopian community, before marrying Peabody in 1842. These writings have the indubious distinction of displaying a philosophical and pessimistic attitude, growing out of the Puritan background.
A superstitious old woman was the only witness of this prodigy. Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect, of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman. Hooper, a gentlemanly person of about thirty, though still a bachelor, was dressed with due clerical neatness, as if a careful wife had starched his band and brushed the weekly dust from his Sunday's garb. Hooper walked onward, at a slow and quiet pace, stooping somewhat, and looking on the ground, as is customary with abstracted men, yet nodding kindly to those of his parishioners who still waited on the meetinghouse steps. Completely matching the Gothic genre and thus with exaggerated drama. Discuss your own view of whose sin caused him to wear the veil.
This leads to a life of isolation for Mr. Hooper better at his job. This could represent the secret sin that all people carry in their hearts, or it could be a representation of Mr. The strict religious convictions and social morays of the religion required conformity and cast judgement and punishment on anyone in their congregation who failed to conform to the Puritan ideals. And there is perhaps a clue that there is something going on between him and the wedding that he ruins. That he never actually discloses his precise meaning creates a tension in the story that is never resolved to anyone's satisfaction.