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The Minister's Black Veil Multimedia Presentation

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The Minister's Black Veil
Summarizer
One day, Mr.Hooper, the minister of Milford, attends the mass on the Sabbath with an odd black veil covering part of his face. From there, gossip began to occur and spread. Later on, Mr.Hooper arrives at two more events. At the funeral, a superstitious, old woman witnessed the slight shudder of the corpse where Mr.Hooper's gaze fell upon it. At the wedding, Mr.Hooper brought a gloomy atmosphere over with his black veil. When he made the toast for the couple, he accidentally dropped his wine glass when he looked at his reflection. Immediately, he left after, which shows there is something suspicious about him. Another day, he encounters his wife, Elizabeth. She attempts to uncover Mr.Hooper's veil, but Hooper did not allow her to. As a result, she became frustrated and left him all alone. Mr.Hooper soon realizes that the veil has brought him sadness, conflicts,isolation, but he still chooses to wear the veil. Even on his deathbed, when the Reverend Clark attempts to lift his veil, he had enough energy to stop Clark from doing so. Right before he passed away, he accused the whole crowd surrounding him that they all avoided him because of his sin. Instead, he told them that they all secretly have their own sins to worry about.

Character Tracer
Mr.Hooper(Minister)-
Mysterious,Protective,Gloomy

Background Investigator
By: Sydney Tu and Anthony Fonseca
English 9 Honors|Period 6|November 4, 2014

Author:
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Hawthorne added a "w" to his last name, so people would not figure out his dark past. His great-grandfather, John Hathorne, was a leading judge in the Salem witch trials.
He was part of the Transcendentalism Movement.
Hawthorne emerged as a novelist in writing "The Scarlet Letter" after backing down from his conflict of false accusation of corruption caused by the Whig Party.
In his childhood, Hawthorne had a leg injury which caused him to become immobilized for a hefty amount of time.
Hawthorne went to Maine's Bowdoin College where he actually met and became friends with Franklin Pierce(former President) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow(former poet).
Elizabeth(Hooper's wife)-
Curious,Offended,Frustrated

Solitude
Def:the state of being or living alone; seclusion.
Mr.Hooper was somewhat isolated among his people because they opposed his black veil.
Torpor
Def:sluggish inactivity or inertia.
Mr.Hooper laid on his death pillow in a lifeless way, but he still had enough energy to prevent the Minister of Westbury from uncovering his face.
Impertinent
Def:intrusive or presumptuous;insolently rude.
Even though the people are very curious and are willing to invade people's businesses, none them even ask Mr.Hooper a question about his veil.
Veil
Def:a piece of material worn so as to fall over the head.
Mr.Hooper wears a black veil to cover his face to hide his sins.
Congregation
Vocabulary Builder
Tavern
Def:a public house for travelers and others; inn.
The news of Mr. Hooper's mysterious black veil spread everywhere in places like the tavern.
Melancholy
Sin
Def:any reprehensible or regrettable action,behavior;great fault.
Mr. Hooper was burdened with life,long sin in which he tries to cover it with a black veil.
Obscurity
Def:the condition of being unknown.
Mr.Hooper conceals his sin from everyone and wears a black veil to hide his face forever.
Def:a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.
This represents Mr.Hooper's life when he had the black veil. He was mysterious, lonely, and grim.

Def:an assembly of persons brought together for common religious worship.
One day, a congregation was help for Mr.Hooper's funeral.
Literary Terminator
Paradox

Def:a statement or idea that contradicts(counter) itself.

Ex:"'I don't like it...he changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face,'" (2).

-Mr. Hooper wants to hide his sin by wearing a black veil, but to the people, it is a confession of a sin.
Symbolism
Def:investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.

Ex:"'If it be a sign of mourning,' replied Mr.Hooper, 'I, perhaps, like most other mortals, have sorrows dark enough to be typified by a black veil,'" (5).

-The black veil is a visible symbol that represents a sin. Mr.Hooper chooses to wear the veil to cover up secretive face from others.




Atmosphere/Mood
Def:the overall environment or tone

Ex:"It grieved him, to the very depth of his kind heart, to observe how the children fled from his approach, breaking up their merriest sports, while his melancholy figure was yet afar off," (7).

-Mr.Hooper hides his face with a black veil which causes him to be
mysterious
and
sad
due to isolation from others that oppose him.
Quote Finder
Real Life Connector
Mr. Hooper always wore his black veil to conceal his face and to hide behind his sin. In real life, Joseph Moody was also a minister who covered his face with a handkerchief. He did it to hide from his sinful face because he accidentally killed a beloved friend.
Elizabeth was inconsiderate towards Mr. Hooper's veiled face. In real life, my mom gets mad at me for staying up late, but she doesn't understand that I have a lot of homework to do.
People in the story were judgemental when Mr.Hooper revealed something out of the ordinary on his face. In real life, Marissa(guest speaker) was being judged harshly because she was unique and different from everyone else.
Elizabeth left Mr.Hooper because he kept his secret from her and wouldn't show his face. In real life, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver were divorced, because Arnold cheated on her with a household employee.
Discussion Director
Why do people focus so much on other people's sins rather than their own?
Why does Mr.Hooper not trust Elizabeth?
How does Mr.Hooper keep the will to wear the veil?
Why do the people oppose and judge on anything new and unique?
Why don't others feel pity for Mr.Hooper?
Artistic Replicator
Try to guess whatever is under the black veil. Whoever guesses it right, will receive the item under it. Make sure you raise your hands and do not blurt out your answer.
"His frames shuddered, his lips grew white, he spit the untasted wine upon the carpet, and rushed forth into the
darkness,"(Hawthorne 4).
This quote shows that Mr. Hooper suddenly acted weird which proves he has something behind his back.
"This was what gave plausibility to the whispers, that Mr. Hooper's conscience tortured him for some great crime too horrible to be entirely concealed..,"(7).
This quote shows that Mr. Hooper is suffering internally because he feels distressed from a really terrible crime he committed, which cannot be shared with others.
Dispel
Def:to cause to vanish; alleviate.
The people hoped that the strange and grim essence of the black veil would be gone, but it was still there.
HINTS:
Edible
Hard
Sweet
Brown
"When Mr.Hooper came, the first thing that their eyes rested on was the same horrible black veil, which added deeper gloom to the funeral, and could portend nothing but evil to the wedding," (4).
This quote shows that his people oppose their minister's veil because they believe it brings sadness and bad luck to their events.
"'Lift the veil at once,and look me in the face,' said she," (6).
This quote shows how Elizabeth is frustrated because Mr.Hooper would not show his face to his beloved wife. However, she is also being inconsiderate because she just wants to see Hooper's face.
Elizabeth leaves Hooper
Thank you all for listening!
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