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“The Minister’s Black Veil: A Parable”. Parable : a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. Vocabulary. TREMULOUS: characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness

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“The Minister’s Black Veil: A Parable”

Parable:a short allegorical story designed to illustrate or teach some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson.


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Vocabulary

  • TREMULOUS: characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness

  • Synonyms: tremors, trembling, shaking, quivering

  • Situations in which one would have a tremulous appearance?

  • Pulled over by police

  • Asking a girl out

  • Pop quiz!


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Inferential Reading

  • “…and while he prayed, the veil lay heavily on his uplifted countenance. Did he seek to hide it from the dread Body whom he was addressing?”

  • QUESTION: What can we infer about how the viewed God by the underlined passage?

  • Possible responses:

  • The fear God

  • The see God as one who delivers punishment

  • They see God as one who is angry, in a bad mood, frightening, awe-inspiring (some synonyms)


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Inferential Reading

  • “…[the veil] hides a face which I am always glad to look upon. Come, good sir, let the sun shine from behind the cloud.”

  • QUESTION: What can we infer about Elizabeth’s feelings towards Mr. Hooper in this passage?

  • Possible Responses:

  • She loves him

  • She wants to see his face

  • She thinks he’ll find happiness being himself again

  • She wants him to remove guilt and seek forgiveness or salvation

  • What could “sun” and “cloud” symbolize?


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Inferential Reading

  • After reading this story, what is portrayed as the overall tone of the Puritans?

  • Jot down three adjectives that describe the Puritans.

  • Possible responses:

  • Stern

  • Unhappy

  • Pessimistic

  • God-fearing

  • Judgmental


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Themes

  • What religious lesson might Hawthorne be teaching in this story?

  • Possible responses:

  • Sin separates us from God … and others


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Themes

  • What social lesson might Hawthorne be teaching in this story?

  • Possible responses:

  • We all have barriers in side us.


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Comprehension

  • What kind of minister is Mr. Hooper before wearing the black veil?

  • Possible responses:

  • Good

  • Respected


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Comprehension

  • While wearing a veil, Mr. Hooper seems to have influence over a certain group of people in his congregation. What group?

  • Possible responses:

  • Sinners

  • Souls in agony for sinning


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Central Themes

  • What would you consider to be a major theme of the overall story? (yes or no)

  • People enjoy unsolved mysteries

  • People with faith can overcome any hardship

  • People are often unwilling to face the truth about themselves.

  • People who sin should not be forgiven


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Parable / character symbol

  • What does the village physician most likely represent in the story?

  • Possible responses:

  • Intelligence

  • Logic

  • Reason

  • A community’s need to heal


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Allegory

  • What message about human nature could we take away from the scene in which Elizabeth nurses Mr. Hooper on his deathbed?

  • Possible responses:

  • The value of unconditional love?

  • Respect for the suffering?

  • Forgiveness?


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Interpretation

  • “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.”

  • What message about human nature is Hawthorne trying to convey in this passage?

  • Possible responses:

  • It is human nature to keep certain things private

  • People keep things private out of fear of not being accepted, fear of what other may think or how others may respond

  • All people have sin inside; few wish to see themselves as sinners, or have others see them as sinners


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Symbolism

  • The black veil may represent:

  • Possible responses:

  • Modesty

  • Shame

  • Hiding from one’s past / self


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