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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

“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
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!
inferential reading
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
themes
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.
comprehension
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
central themes
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
parable character symbol
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
allegory
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?
interpretation
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
symbolism
Symbolism
  • The black veil may represent:
  • Possible responses:
  • Modesty
  • Shame
  • Hiding from one’s past / self