Presentation on theme: "The Minister’s Black Veil"— Presentation transcript:
1The Minister’s Black Veil A Short Story ByNathaniel Hawthorne
2Plot Summary Reverend Hooper, esteemed priest, dons a black veil Veil represents secret sins revealedTownspeople react with shock, and a variety of other reactionsCaused people to come to gawk at himNone could accept this new eccentricityEven his betrothed leaves himHooper wears the veil until he dies, being buried with th representation of secret sin
3Unfamiliar Terms Adverse - opposed or opposing Erred - to be mistaken or incorrectCensure - expression of disapprovalAmiable - friendly, sociableRemonstrance - protestAbashed - ashamedSynod - any council
4Terms cont. Plighted - to pledge in engagement to marry Placid - calm/peacefulSteadfastly - fixed in one directionProdigy - something abnormalDeputation - appointing a person to represent someone
5ILLUMINATION"Why do you tremble at me alone?" cried he, turning his veiled face round the circle of pale spectators. "Tremble also at each other! Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity, and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil? What, but the mystery which it obscurely typifies, has made this piece of crape so awful? 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!"His veil was a symbolism of his secret sin and everyone was afraid of him, but he knew that everyone had secret sin. People feared him, yet they should have feared everyone because they all had sinned. Everyone placed their own idea of what the veil meant based on their own fears, making it more than it was.
6ILLUMINATION Cont.She withdrew her arm from his grasp, and slowly departed, pausing at the door, to give one long shuddering gaze, that seemed almost to penetrate the mystery of the black veil. But, even amid his grief, Mr. Hooper smiled to think that only a material emblem had separated him from happiness, though the horrors, which it shadowed forth, must be drawn darkly between the fondest of lovers.By wearing the black veil, assumptions of fear were made that separated him form others, including the one that he loved. Sin can destroy lives even if it has no outward appearance.
7Connections of Hawthorne SettingsPuritan societyCharactersStrange preachersDimmesdale is set apart by his mysterious poor healthHooper causes unrest by his mysterious black veilPlotScandalHester Prynne’s adultery causes much talkHooper’s veil causes similar distressWriting styleDark romantic characteristicsFocus on human errorNot uplifting story
8Connections to LifeHomosexuals: In the story Mr. Hooper has a hard time of being accepted because of the black veil he wears, just like how in our society homosexuals deal with the same issue.Religion: Many different religions require certain beliefs. Mr. Hooper claimed that wearing this black veil attire was because it separated his body and soul with death and the veil stands for a symbol of mortal life from God.
9Walking in spiritThe scene depict the funeral of a young woman, where Mr. Hooper gave a sermon. Some of the townsfolk remember it appearing as though the two, dead woman, and veiled preacher were walking in spirit, communing in soul.
10Connections to LifeGuilt and Secrets: Elizabeth and Mr. Hooper end their engagement because she feels uncomfortable with him wearing the black veil. She refuses to see how its appropriate and gives him an ultimatum between the veil and her. He chooses the veil and leaves her behind. Couples split when they don’t agree due to trust issues.
11Connections to LifeDiscrimination: The people of Milford didn’t accept the wearing of Mr. Hooper’s veil. The kids ran away from him and he was constantly the subject of their conversations.Addiction: Mr. Hooper has an obsession with wearing this veil. In the story, Reverend Clark comes to Father Hooper to remove the black veil, seeing as he has lived behind it every day. However, Mr. Hooper refuses to remove the veil saying it would "reveal the mystery of so many years.“ Just like many people in this world have addictions, whether its drugs, sex, alcohol or any other fetish. They become in denial with their issue, just like Mr. Hooper was with his veil.
12Discussion questionsWhat were you thinking about as you first read about the minister’s veil?Strange to seeStartling and scary that the minister would do suchBrings the question of why he wears the veilPerhaps a disfigurement or some other shameful feature?
13Discussion questions Why do you think the minister dons the veil? First impression is a facial disfigurementDid he suffer and injury?Later impression is that it is a symbol for his sinShame for sin causing him to veil his face?
14Discussion QuestionsWhat is with Mr. Hooper’s “sad” or “melancholy” smile? Hawthorne mentions this many times. Why is he smiling like this and so frequently?Sadness due to his knowledge that he is misunderstoodPeople don’t understand his need to wear the veilHis efforts to explain the veil are ineffectiveHe smiles sadly rather than try to explain again
15The Rift over the VeilThis scene depicts Elizabeth, Mr. Hooper’s fiancé demanding of him that he remove his veil. When he refuses, she storms out the door, while he sadly reaches for his beloved, who doesn’t understand his vision of life, and need of the veil
16Discussion QuestionsWhat is one question you would ask the author about the minister and his veil?The real reason for the veil?Why is he so ashamed or upset?He wouldn’t even show his betrothedWhy did he not have the veil removed at death?
17Discussion QuestionsWhat is the significance of the topic of the first sermon Mr. Hooper gives with the veil on?To explain the reasoning behind the veilTo talk of peoples’ hidden sinsRevelation of these sins change opinions of a personHis veil changed how he saw himself and how others saw him