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Unveil "The Minister's BlackVeil".

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Unveil "The Minister's Black Veil" 39120217 Angela Generally, I like reading books which stimulate their readers to ponder, especially those written in plain language but reflecting profound meanings, because when I put these books aside, I feel I've already learnt something, not just wasting my time. For this reason, I have chosen "The Minister's Black Veil" to write about, though by the time I made this decision I still wasn't able to comprehend the short story thoroughly, or to be exact, I just understand it vaguely. I believe it is worth my efforts. The plot is quite simple---The minister, Mr. Hooper wears a black veil over his eyes and nose which leads to profound changes in the public's perception of him. The author chooses to mask the character of the minister with a black scrap of cloth to construct an allegory which deals with the issue of secret sin. "...The subject had reference to secret sin, and those sad mysteries which we hide from our nearest and dearest, and would fain conceal from our own consciousness, even forgetting that the Omniscient can detect them..." ...read more.


Then, if the minister just wants to hide his secret sin, wouldn't it be easier if he simply followed suit? Isn't the invisible veil more effective than the visible veil? In fact, by overtly wearing a visible black veil, Mr. Hooper discloses his parishioners that he is not disclosing to them his particular sin. He does confess the abstract fact that he is sinful. Actually, Mr. Hooper does not wear a veil, on the contrary, he removes a veil from his face. He is trying to convey this information to his parishioners, hoping that they can understand his gesture and eventually "...There is an hour to come when all of us shall cast aside our veils..." Yet, the people focus all their attention on what's behind the minister's veil and distract themselves from getting the message. That is, they persist in wearing an invisible veil. Another noticeable theme of this short story is alienation. The question I want to raise here is "Is it simply about the minister's alienation from his parishioners?" ...read more.


Actually, everyone alienates himself from others in a sense. Finally, I would like to mention a detail in this story---the smile which appears in Mr. Hooper's face over and over again. "...A sad smile gleamed faintly from beneath the black veil..." "...Mr. Hooper's smile glimmered faintly..." "...Father Hooper fell back upon his pillow, a veiled corpse, with a faint smell lingering on the lips..." what does this smile imply? Mr. Hooper is trying to awaken the people but only to find that all his effects remain in vain. Even until his death, no single person understands him. Being aware of this, we can comprehend the meaning of the smile more easily---self-pity as well as pity for his parishioners. In addition to the three points I have mentioned above, there are also other aspects which can be discussed, but these three have impressed me most. To be honest, I don't like this short story very much, because it casts a gloomy atmosphere which makes me uncomfortable. However, this is exactly what the author wants to achieve in order to explicate the theme. Anyway, "The Minister's Black Veil" is worth further and close reading. ? 1 ? ? 4 ? ...read more.

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