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�The Minister�s Black Veil: AP arable� by x25E0Ql7


									  “The Minister’s
    Black Veil:
    A Parable”
Parable: a short allegorical story designed
 to illustrate or teach some truth, religious
          principle, or moral lesson.
 TREMULOUS: characterized by trembling,
  as from fear, nervousness, or weakness
 Synonyms: tremors, trembling, shaking,
 Situations in which one would have a
  tremulous appearance?
 Pulled over by police
 Asking a girl out
 Pop quiz!
             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)
            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
 What could “sun” and “cloud” symbolize?
              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
 What religious lesson might Hawthorne be
  teaching in this story?
 Possible responses:
 Sin separates us from God … and others
 What social lesson might Hawthorne be teaching
  in this story?
 Possible responses:
 We all have barriers in side us.
 What kind of minister is Mr. Hooper before
  wearing the black veil?
 Possible responses:
 Good
 Respected
 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
 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
 People who sin should not be forgiven
       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
 What message about human nature could
  we take away from the scene in which
  Elizabeth nurses Mr. Hooper on his
   Possible responses:
   The value of unconditional love?
   Respect for the suffering?
   Forgiveness?
 “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
   The black veil may represent:
   Possible responses:
   Modesty
   Shame
   Hiding from one’s past / self

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