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In A Minister’s Black Veil, what does the Earth’s black veil represent: “For the Earth, too, had on her Black Veil.”
What is Miss Emily trying to repress and who is the symbol of her repressed emotions?
November 7, 2011
Nov 11, 2011 @ 08:09:29
The black veil that the minister wears is symbol of the sins of man and of the minister himself, and it is a symbol of the natural sins people have. The veil is a visual reminder of the sins of people. The reason the people of the church start to get uncomfortable around Mr. Hooper is because he is physically, with his veil, confronting them with their sins that they have committed. Mr. Hooper is putting the veil on his face to visually show his congregation that people commit sins, but that those same people must face up to their sins and by judged for them; as Mr. Hooper is being judged and criticized for his veil. The veil is a device that forces the congregation to constantly think about their sins when they are around Mr. Hooper; it is a way to make Mr. Hooper’s people confront what they did.
It is a black veil to represent the darkness of human kind, the evil that broads within each person, and that manifests itself in the veil. Black is a color, at least in this short story, that is the visual image for darkness and evil, and of all things rather unpleasant. It is a color of hidden evil and horror.
Nov 16, 2011 @ 03:01:47
The Black Veil represents a crutch in the ministies life. Everyone wants him to take it off, as they are disgusted by the black veil and have a undying feeling to make him take it off. Because of this, people judge him for it, and start shunning him. Also, this black veil represses his inner beauty, as he is trying to get the woman she loves,she will not go out with him because of this black veil.
Nov 16, 2011 @ 17:26:20
I think that the black veil is a symbol of his repressed emotions. I think that his repressed emotions are change. No matter how many times people tell the Minister to take off the veil, he always refuses to do it. The antagonist in this situation has to be society. The minister doesn’t want to do what society wants and all they want from him is to change his looks.
Nov 25, 2011 @ 21:59:47
The black veil in The Minister’s Black veil represent secret sin among the townspeople. By the minister wearing the veil it made the townspeople feel uncomfortable. The reason for this would have to be because they weren’t ready nor did they want to face their secret sin. By them looking at this black veil it was a constant reminder that they have sins that they have not yet accepted.
Nov 25, 2011 @ 22:05:46
Hawthorne was able to use symbolism by having the black veil in this piece. He was also able to use setting to show what affect the veil had on the other characters in this piece.“I don’t like it, he has changed himself into something different only by hiding his face. Our parson has gone mad.” It was clearly stated that the churchgoers were not acceptant to the black veil. “But that piece of crape, to their imagination, seemed to hang down before his heart, the symbol of a fearful secret between him and them.” It is stated that when
the black veil is on it makes the churchgoers anxious because it seems that the minister and the people share a secret when this symbol present.
Nov 25, 2011 @ 23:19:50
The veil, as Holli said, made the churchgoers very uneasy; they were uneasy because the black veil was a constant reminder of sins they had committed, but had never told any one about. It was a visual reminder of their past wrongs broadcasted to the entire world. And, even though, no one knew what those sins were, it was an uncomfortable connect, like Holli said, between themselves and the minister, whom they only wanted to distance themselves from.
Dec 05, 2011 @ 14:57:11
The black veil was outraged by the congregation of the minister’s church because the black veil was a constant reminder of the all the sins and bad deed that each and everyone of them have committed in his or hers life time. The people wanted the minister to take the veil off because it was reminding them about their sins and they were in complete denial of all the sins they have committed.
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