Hooper's eye, which they felt to be fixed upon them with an invisible glance. The black veil is a symbol, something that Hawthorne uses to stand for the impassable barrier between all human souls. Spruce bachelors looked sidelong at the pretty maidens, and fancied that the Sabbath sunshine made them prettier than on weekdays. What's your idea for a thesis? In considering the two, it may be that they do indeed hold a message, but maybe that message is not one that Hawthorne himself could ever have intended. Hooper has The minister they had once sought for comfort and solace has become a seductive, mysterious stranger with whom nobody can identify.
What but the mystery which it obscurely typifies has made this piece of crape so awful? Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society. Most of his works feature moral allegories with a Puritan inspiration. The alienation of the minister is emphasized through the use of explicit and implicit tensions involving the minister and his environment. However, because of social pressures, it rarely enters awareness other than in some misinterpreted form. The main question for us becomes, then, one of applicability. An important theme in a lot of Hawthorne's works is the role of women in Puritan society. Hawthorne uses the Puritans and their strict adherence to biblical teachings to provide contextual framing for the story.
Hawthorne's complete title for this story is. The veil is something they have to see every day, rather than a sermon just once or twice a week. The general conflict between puritanism and instinct reinforces the notion that humans are dualistic, with an innate, dark side and an internalized, moralistic side. Do not leave me in this miserable obscurity forever! She goes to speak with him, and thinks that there is nothing terrifying about his appearance. She does not understand his reasoning and pleads with him to change his mind. By Hooper wearing this shroud across his face is only showing the dark side of people and the truth of human existence and nature.
This short story has a powerful message in everyday lives. Norton Anthology of American Literature. Hooper said—at least, no violence; and yet with every tremor of his melancholy voice the hearers quaked. Hooper is pained that the townspeople avoid him, and gives up his customary walks to the graveyard because he is conscious that he frightens others. Moreover, the veil continues to distract the congregation from religion and morality. A third group of people deny or distort their experiencing of the situation.
Hooper much distress and sorrow. In reply, Hooper struggles to sit upright in his deathbed, smiles sadly, and asks why the townspeople have avoided him simply because he has worn a veil. Elizabeth is the one character with a higher level of consciousness who communicates frankly with the Reverend, and to whom he reveals his true feelings of love for her. There was the nurse—no hired handmaiden of Death, but one whose calm affection had endured thus long in secrecy, in solitude, amid the chill of age, and would not perish even at the dying-hour. Were the veil but cast aside, they might speak freely of it, but not till then.
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. The entire town speaks of little else the next day. The theme is the need to acknowledge sin. When the sexton tolls the bell Mr. In wearing the veil Hooper presents the isolation that everybody experiences when they are chained down by their own sins. Clark tries to get Father Hooper to remove the veil before he dies, and Hooper suddenly grabs the veil and holds it tightly to his face. As the townspeople take their seats, the town sexton notices the Reverend Mr.
As with many of his works, Hawthorne draws from his puritan heritage and New England childhood. Hawthorne paints an insightful and contradictory picture of early American Puritanism. Hooper is the minister of the town of Milford. What is most notable about this otherwise plain and unassuming man, however, is that he is now suddenly and inexplicably wearing a black veil that hangs from his forehead and covers his eyes and nose. Minister Hooper is a very good man, believes solely in Christ, and throughout the story we come to see how his views on religion reflect his humanity and humility.
He becomes famous throughout New England, and earns the respectful title of Father Hooper. Know, then, this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am 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. A third group of people deny or distort their experiencing of the situation. But, exerting a sudden energy that made all the beholders stand aghast, Father Hooper snatched both his hands from beneath the bedclothes and pressed them strongly on the black veil, resolute to struggle if the minister of Westbury would contend with a dying man. This barrier is characterized by the veil, which is transferred into the expression of hidden guilt. It is but a mortal veil--it is not for eternity! The parishioners represent the conscious part of the personality, which includes the morals and values dictated by society.
That, and the mystery concealed behind it, supplied a topic for discussion between acquaintances meeting in the street and good women gossipping at their open windows. . The main character, Reverend Hooper, appears one Sunday with a black veil completely covering his face. In wearing the veil Hooper dramatizes the isolation that each person experiences when they are chained down by their own sinful deeds. 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.