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The Minister's Black Veil

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Peter Cha

on 1 April 2014

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Transcript of The Minister's Black Veil

What Happened?
The Secret Behind the Black Veil
Resolution/Theme & Author's Purpose
Rising Action
Reverend Parson Hooper
The black veil represents the inner fear of someone finding out about your own sin, that the people are scared of what they hide in side.
The minster is confronted by his fiance Elizabeth who is curious about his black veil. She asks him to lift up his veil but he refuses to do so. This causes her to leave the minister, making him become depressed afterward.

The black veil ruins the reputation of the minister image, but he still decides to keep his face in the veil. The people are continually gossiping about him and some of the children are running away from him. The Minister tells Revered Clark that the townspeople are hypocrites at his deathbed. They hide their sin while the minister reveals his and is judged because he shows it. He dies without lifting the veil.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
The Story
Literary Devices
Parson Hooper, a well known reverend in Milford, wears a black veil over his face. The townspeople begin to gossip about him and are frightened by his new appearance. Everyday he wears the black veil, giving him troubles with the people as well as his own wife.
1) Theme: the veil represents that all mortals could cover their fears just as easily as the cover their face.

2) Symbolism: the veil also symbolizes the minsters way of both showing his sin and making others see their own.

3) Certain words in the story convene a feeling of gloom. One example would be the use of the word "omniscient" in place of God.

4) Irony: the minister is the town's holy man, who is supposed to have no sins, showing his in public.

5) Allegory: on one level the minister is just hiding his face. on the other he is showing his sin.
The Minister's Black Veil
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
-Parson Hooper
-Townspeople of Milford
-Elizabeth Hooper

Characters/Setting/Mood/Point of View
Falling Action

The minister dies on his deathbed with the black veil still covering his face, but it's revealed why he wears the black veil.

Theme: People hid their darkest secrets and are scared when they are revealed.

Author's purpose: Hawthorne seeks to inform those of what happens when they hid their darkness.
The story begins with Mr. Hooper, the reverend of Milford. He wears a black veil upon his head therefore his face cannot be seen. The revered delivers powerful sermons but people focus on his veil and not the message is he preaching. Although the reverend hears whispers and sees strange glances he greets the people and the children respectfully. The minister later appears in a funeral but the people avoid him and the town’s people continue to spread rumors. He later appears at a wedding and gives a toast to the couple, but feel the isolation in the crowd of people. The minister catches a glance of his reflection from the glass and was startled and immediately left the ceremony.

-town of Milford in New England, 18th century
-Gloomy and mysterious
-Third person omniscient
"When the friend shows his inmost heart to his friend; the lover to his best beloved; when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!"
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