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The Ministers Black Veil
Transcript of The Ministers Black Veil
Old Squire Saunders
Reverend Mr. Clark
"The Minister's Black Veil"
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Presentation by Tyler Parker, Taylor Arrell, and Jade Ramsey
The Setting of 'The Minister's Black Veil' is a small New England town during the 19th Century. The setting does not enhance the story, the setting is not important per say to the story itself. The setting is not described in the story leaving it up to the reader to decide for themselves.
In the exposition we are introduced to a few characters, such as the sexton, The Minister(Mr. Hooper) who appears wearing a black veil.
Author of the romantic novel "The Scarlet Letter", Nathaniel Hawthorne, born July 4, 1804, lived a long and prosperous life. He felt guilt due to his grandfather having been involved with the Salem Witch Trials. This gave him a theme for his book "The House of Seven Gables"
Also written by Nathaniel Hawthorne: "Fanshawe", "The Blithedale Romance", and "The Marble Faun", etc.
"For some time previous, his mind had been confused ,
wavering doubtfully between the past and the present, and hovering forward, as it were, at intervals, into the indistinctness of the world to come"
The external conflict is definitely Man vs Man, we think this because the conflict he's having is the town's people not excepting him.
"'Why do you tremble at me alone?' cried he turning his veiled face around the circle of pale spectators." (Line 280)
Major: The Minister
Minor: Minister's Wife
Dynamic: The Minister
Static: Old Squire Saunders
Flat: The Bride
Round: The Minister
The Minister: Reserved
"So far as my vow man suffer me. Know, then, this veil is a type and a symbol, and I m bound to wear it ever, both in light and darkness, in solitude and before the gaze of multitudes, and as with strangers, so with my familiar friends. No mortal eye shall see it withdrawn. This dismal shade must separate me from the world:" (Line 160)
The people of the town: Nosy
"Some of the people gathered in little circles, huddled closely together, with their mouths all whispering in the center; some went homeward alone, wrapped in silent meditation; some talked loudly. and profaned the Sabbath day with ostentatious laughter." (Line 62-63)
The overall message of the story is that everyone carries a secret and/or a secret sin.
And that to judge people about theirs is hypocritical.
We rated "The Minister's Black Veil" 3.5 of 5 stars. We gave it this rating because you have to be patient with the story, and the character are not very relatable. We would recommend this to anyone who likes darker stories, or anyone who is more comfortable with reading older literature. "He has changed himself into something awful, only by hiding his face." (27) This is our favorite quote because it describes the entire story in one sentence.
The connection we made with "The Minister's Black Veil" is "Sweeney Todd". We made this connection with the protagonists; they're both evil in different ways, which could lead to some confusion on the 'good guy' vs. 'bad guy' roles. Both stories take the perspective of the villain, which is a unique way to perceive a story.