If any fault, from a Calvinist and Puritan's perspective, may be found in Hooper's approach, it would be his neglect of Scripture and his failure to overtly communicate a connection between Scripture and his veil, or his failure to emphasize the one sure way in which mankind may please God and be redeemed of their sinful natures, i. If the burden of his sins were lifted then he would be free to lift his veil. Hawthorne writes, ''Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect, of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman. The reader becomes acquainted with the protagonist at the crucial moment of his life, the moment in which he decides to wear a black veil on his face. Throughout the story Hooper does not take off the black veil and the townspeople, including Reverend Clark from a nearby village, treat him as if he were contagious disease.
Hawthorne married Sophia Peabody in 1842, with whom he had three children. No one dare ask the minister to remove the veil or explain its presence except for his fiancee. His approach is quite gloomy and the atmosphere for his stories is many times sad and depressing. Hooper, in particular, seems to be trying to atone for a sin he has committed, and sees the veil as appropriate punishment for whatever it is he did. Hopper is taking a drink of his wine for celebration of the married, he suddenly sees his face in the glare. The characters and setting of which Hawthorne uses to get his point across creates an overwhelming atmosphere that increases the power of his message.
Hooper decides to come to church wearing a black veil. It uses American Romanticism, that is an interesting thing to use in a story to catch the reader 's attention. Tremble also at each other! People everyday, judge one another, whether it is judging another's appearance, which is the most common, or judging the way one behaves, everyone is guilty of it. The answer lies within the human mind, coming from our ancestors, who were hunters of meat. Falling Action The people in the room look at each other in fright.
Elizabeth visits him on his deathbed, where he says that everyone is wearing black veils. Hooper was treated as though he was a threat revealing to the people that they too, hid behind masks. The first and most evident symbol is the faces of the people. American Romantic writers often delved on the secrets of the human heart and soul. When the sexton tolls the bell Mr. The only person who does not shun him is his fiancée, Elizabeth.
The clergyman stepped into the room where the corpse was laid, and bent over the coffin, to take a last farewell of his deceased parishioner. The horror that the veil inspires makes Mr. He lives a very harsh live being rejected by society and goes through unpleasant moments to achieve his original goal. Hawthorne implies that this means his tactic probably worked. Dark Romantics thought sin could not be hidden; Hawthorne takes this idea literally by having our clergyman wear a veil throughout the story. Hooper had on a black veil. When he refuses to remove the veil, Elizabeth leaves him.
He has realized that everybody symbolically can be found in the shadow of their own veil. People everyday, judge one another, whether it is judging another's appearance, which is the most common, or judging the way one behaves, everyone is guilty of it. Reverend Hooper's dying comment is perhaps the closest he comes to explaining the meaning of the veil. This is unlikely, however, as the Scripturally literate Puritans undoubtedly knew the numerous New Testament passages promising salvation through faith. The veil covered his eyes, which made everyone fear of him and become curious as to why he was wearing that veil. They are further dismayed and confused, when he refuses to take it off--ever. 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.
Strangely, even though he has always been easy to talk to, no one is able to go up and ask him about it personally. In both texts, Hawthorne argues that all people, even those in strictly religious societies with corrupted standards, are capable of sin. Hooper wears a veil that covers the top half of his face. Although today is a much different society, there are still many examples of hidden sins in our society. A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a of the events from a story. Hooper's enigmatic smile, characteristic of his mild personality, becomes a symbol of his detachment from the rest of mankind because no one can understand the smile behind the veil. As a result, the Puritans isolate their minister.
All that can be seen is his mouth and the veil moves eerily as his breath disturbs it. In wearing the veil Hooper presents the isolation that everybody experiences when they are chained down by their own sins. It uses American Romanticism, that is an interesting thing to use in a story to catch the reader 's attention. She begs him to take it off, but he refuses to take it off or even to explain why he is wearing it. When the sexton tolls the bell Mr. The mourners - all wearing black veils - start sobbing, but Hooper tells them to calm down; not for him, but for themselves. These allegories that Hawthorne uses may confuse the average reader.
They are further dismayed and confused, when he refuses to take it off--ever. I think it's because he's a freak. This actually kept him from forming a deeper friendship with his pals, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Before the coffin is removed, Mr. Within these literary pieces, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses symbolism to shape the perspectives of the community members on how they see an individual wearing the symbol and how the person wearing the symbol feels externally and internally within. This shows Hawthorne is keeping Mr.