The Minister’s Black Veil• Mr. Hooper’s sermon• tinged with darkness• Parishioners felt guilt – the preacher had “crept” upon them• They can’t breath• As if he discovered their sins• Voice is melancholy – they tremble• Air of pathos
The people change their behavior towards Mr. Hooper• Ignore him• Won’t walk beside him• The squire doesn’t invite him to bless his meal• Don’t know why the veil affects them in this way• Think he has lost his mind
The Effect of the Veil• The veil hides our true selves• If you are alive you are wearing a veil• veil is a symbol for our effort to hide the sin• The darkest – sinful part of ourselves only we know and God knows this dark sinful part of our being• Represents the Puritan belief that we are all sinful
Mr. Hooper Transformed• Seems to be walking hand in hand with death• Mr. Hooper absorbs the fear of the people• He turns pale – spills the wine (at the wedding)• He is death, sin• Runs into the dark night
People believed• Mr. Hooper has lost his mind• Lonely and alone• People believe he has “secret” sin• Walks hand and hand with the dead• He has become a symbol of evil
The Effective Pastor• Mr. Hooper becomes an effective pastor• By wearing the veil – he admits that he is a sinner• He is carrying the sins of his congregation – Christ-like• Sinners can relate to him – no judgment• They fear him – sins are reflected onto him• Speaking to him is like confession – purifying their sins
Mr. Hooper speaks to the Church Leaders• You are all wearing veils –• Speaking to the high officials of the church• They too (the church) carries sin• He isn’t a monster because they also carry a secret• When we are all open with each and stop judging each other then the veil will no longer be necessary – he no longer will be a monster
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