The reality of change is seen in the book, The Scarlet Letter, written by Nathaniel Hawthorn whereby as society changes so to does the perception of all symbolism. This story was very interesting, because it had mystery and was different from any other story I have ever read. He tells the story of a parson, Mr. The congregation is surprised when they see the minister wearing a black veil and they feel uncomfortable. This means that we all have our own sin, regardless of the extremity of it, and God knows about all of it because he can see everything that everyone has done wrong. His short stories often revolved around themes of sin and how no one could escape from committing sin. Hooper, who in a Sabbath day, brought perturbation and chaos among his congregation while appearing with a black crape covering his face.
In Chapter 12, The Minister's Vigil, there are several uses of imagery when Dimmesdale, the priest, is battling with confessing his sin, which has plagued him for seven years. This story is based upon a Minister whose life was altered when he started wearing a black veil to Church every Sunday morning. Hooper doesn't say what his sin is , he just realizes that he who is the minister of the puritan community also has sinned like everyone else in the congregation. Is it that the people afraid of what the veil represents to Mr. Within the portal, all users can view and copy all storyboards.
In covering his face with a Black Veil he is emphasizing original sin, and how everybody else is also covering their original sin to their friends, themselves, and God. Hooper is making all the villagers evaluate their everyday actions closely. It starts when Goodman Gray says, "our parson has gone mad! The definition of symbolism is the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities, an allegory would mean the same thing in this case. He wears the black veil because although his sin is visible to everyone, everyone else carries their black veil in their hearts. Everyone felt the need to ask why Mr Hooper, the Minister, would wear this hideous black veil for such a long period of time, but whenever he was approached, people felt an overwhelming sense of fear and walked away. In the story when the minister, Mr. The people hurried out with indecorous confusion, eager to communicate their pent-up amazement, and conscious of lighter spirits the moment they lost sight of the black veil.
Mr Hooper, a minister in the town of Milford, Connecticut, shocks his parishioners one Sunday when he turns up to deliver his sermon wearing a black veil. She left him and all Mr Hooper could do was smile. Each member of the congregation, the most innocent girl and the man of hardened breast, felt as if the preacher had crept upon them behind his awful veil and discovered their hoarded iniquity of deed or thought. In this …show more content… Immediately after Elizabeth leaves Mr. There was but one thing remarkable about his appearance. When his congregation refuses to interact with him after his sermon, leaving him all alone, the only source of light in him was his sad smile, which shimmered underneath the obscure cloak Hawthorne 181. No mortal eye will see it withdrawn.
The black veil worn by Hooper is a sort of constant parable, a piece of theatre to remind his parishioners of their own sins. Looking back to the early years when Puritanism was an ongoing religion with many followers, tradition along with strict biblical standards were everything; but now many things have changed. Among all its bad influences, the black veil had the one desirable effect of making its wearer a very efficient clergyman. Hooper and treat him badly as soon as he puts on the black veil. It is but a mortal veil; it is not for eternity. Hooper feared looking at them because of their reluctance in facing their own sins. At the end of his life, after many years of suffering alone, he dies with a faint smile on his face.
The Puritan community in particular is concerned with how their sins will impact their chances for getting into Heaven. Throughout the novel, these symbols reappear over and over, which creates emphasis on the characters and the conflict of the storyline. I look around me, and, lo! Their fear of sin leads them to label many pleasures as sinful. This historical case may have provided the germ of the story, but Hawthorne constructs a far more symbolic tale from it. The Ministers Black Veil: Secrecy And Forgiveness 155 Words 1 Pages The people were frightened because the veil made them look at the minister in a dark way wondering what secrets he might be hiding behind the veil.
Both Dimmesdale and Hooper are so intent on concealing their sins that it ends up consuming their lives and they struggle through a lonely isolating existence. No one exactly knows why Hooper wore his veil, yet there are many ideas of what it could be. No one seems to understand why good Parson Hooper, a beloved gentleman, kind hearted and respected hides his face from the world. Not only did it affect them all mentally, emotionally, and slightly physically, but it affected their moral values. What but the mystery which it obscurely typifies has made this piece of crape so awful? At the same time, the veil — a thin, flimsy, article of clothing, is a symbol of the superficiality of Puritan society.
However, in their quest to eradicate sin, many members of the Puritan community lead hypocritical lives; others committed sin in order to protect the community like the judges in the Salem Witch Trials. The next time it appears is after Elizabeth leaves him for not removing the veil for her Hawthorne 184. Personal Edition The author can choose to leave the storyboard public or mark it as Unlisted. Hooper is trying to atone for Original Sin, which gives root to all other sins. Wearing the black veil made everyone curious and wanted to find out what he was hiding from the townspeople. These changes are especially painful for Hooper because, Hawthorne notes, he is a friendly, loving person. After the sermon, Hooper continues to wear the veil while officiating at the funeral of a young woman, and then, the same night, at a wedding.
They must expect it to be a normal Sunday service but, they got something different. The name of each character defines who they are, what they symbolize, and what they mean to those around them. However the most prominent example of symbolism by Hawthorne is in his characters. In literature, symbolism is the deepness and hidden meaning behind the story. All of these aspects are crucial to the construction and dramatization of the plot. These Satanic Rituals are powered by the people Goodman Brown had once known to be the most religious.