The Importance Of Romanticism In The Minister In The Black Veil

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One is the importance of individual freedom in the sense that each person has the right to choose for him or herself. In the short story, Mr. Hooper decides to wear a black veil over his face for the rest of his life, due to his concerns about his life mistakes made in the past, according to him. American Romanticism characteristics would be that many believe it is a respiration for some terrible sin, he has committed in the past, though the reader discovers (on Hooper 's death bed) that he has chosen to wear the black veil to reflect the hidden sins he has made for himself, but reminds those that all God 's creations have the same hidden sins, and therefore, instead of wearing a black veil they hide their sins behind a false front, like wearing …show more content…
In a literary sense the "supernatural" refers to, "beyond" the natural, which then turns out to the physical world. While we think of the supernatural as vampires, zombies and aliens, we tend to describe it as Romantic literature, but we use the lazy term of supernatural or psychic. The supernatural would have included God, angels, demons, ghosts, etc. This would refer to the reference of "the occult" which is obviously, not used in Hawthorne 's work, as we have read about the The Minister in the Black Veil. In this story for an example of Romanticism that Mr. Hooper makes us wonder, would be, when there was only one person that was able to handle the broach towards Hooper which was his fiancée, Elizabeth. But he refuses her entreaty to remove the veil and so he insists that he must wear it until he dies. When Elizabeth begs him once again, at least to remove the veil of mystery from his words, he says to her, "Know, then, this veil is a type and a symbol, and I am bound to wear it ever, both in light and darkness, in solitude and before the gaze of multitudes, and as with strangers, so with my familiar friends" (17). Not only does he refuse to remove it, but he appoints that he will wear it practically …show more content…
Hooper’s reflects to his veil lead to Elizabeth, his fiancee, when she attempts to discover what is the main reason why he has chosen to wear the veil. She assumes that he has decided to wear the veil only because of some secret sin or crime, but throughout the story we have learned of the major theme, when he tells Elizabeth that his veil is additionally a “symbol.” Even his fiancé, Elizabeth, cannot marry him and must continue to wear it, until he is on his deathbed, and will love him in “secrecy” and “solitude.” Though this occurs because he chooses to make his secret visible, and Mr. Hooper becomes a lonely man. The black veil “separated him from cheerful brotherhood and woman’s love.” Hence. One of the major themes of “The Minister’s Black Veil” is that those who acknowledge the secrets of their hearts and those who choose to stand apart from their people will often find that they are either being ignored by him or furthermore, avoided. So this placed him in a situation where he may might as well lead his life of loneliness, as a prisoner in his own

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