Kakos' 4th Hour

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Removing the Veil

Please ask 1-3 authentic discussion questions regarding Hawthorne's "The Minister's Black Veil." Get under the veil...question the text's symbols, mood, themes, characters, and secrets. Also, feel free to link the story back to your favorite Puritan play (I'm referring to The Crucible, of course). Be sure to read the other posts before asking your question in order to avoid repeating others' observations. Remember that only half of the class is required to post these questions, but the rest of the class is welcome to do so as well.

Your questions are due by 9 pm on Wednesday night.


Blogger KatieC said...

Why do the people in this story look so disapprovingly upon Hooper's black veil? Why does it bother them so much?

7:44 PM  
Blogger kerstinm3 said...

Are the things that we are most fearful of, the questions that are left unanswered?

8:45 PM  
Blogger meganJ said...

Upon Hoopers death bed he renounces the villagers ignorance saying "Tremble also at each other! Have men avoided me, and women shown no pity and children screamed and fled, only for my black veil? What, but the mystery which it obscurely typifies, had made this crape so awful?...I look around me and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!"
*Was Hooper simply testing the characters of his church?
*Metaphorically how did Hooper teach them all a lesson?
*Do you believe that everyone in their own way contains a "black veil"?

9:46 PM  
Blogger AleF said...

What was the minister's secret?

Is the nature of his secret relevant to this story?

Why did Hooper keep the veil even into death, despite the fact that it had cost him love and friendship?

11:45 AM  
Blogger BrittanyL said...

Why would Elizabeth, who refused to marry him because he would not remove the veil, be willing, at the end, to shield her eyes and cover his face again if the veil fell off?

What does the veil represent?

What lesson for our lives would Hawthorne want us to take from this story?

4:18 PM  
Blogger kennethf said...

Do you believe that any transgression is to great to be forgiven? In what similar ways do Hooper and Proctor handle their sins they deam unforgivable?

5:30 PM  
Blogger amandag said...

When the author says that "he became a man of awful power"... does this possibly have any connection with the way that Proctor becomes powerful... just by doing what he considers the suitable thing to do?

Also, is the response of the townspeople similar to the response of the Salem citizens? Do they dislike Mr. Hooper and Proctor? OR... like on page 306 in our lit book ("they cried aloud for Mr. Hooper" and then they "suhddered at the veiled face so near their own") do they KNOW that they need Mr. Hooper?

Is Mr. Hooper their sacrifice? just as Proctor was in The Crucible?

7:13 PM  
Blogger JocelynH said...

Why is the veil black? It could be any other color and black is not the only negative-interpreted color? Why not grey or red?

8:04 PM  
Blogger KaiaN said...

"His frame shuddered- his lips grew white- he split the untasted wine upon the carpet- and rushed forth into the darkness. For the Earth, too, had on her Black Veil." (P. 303)
What does the author mean when he says that the Earth also wore a veil?

How does Mr. Hooper's veil resemble a mask?

What is it about the veil that truly unnerves the congreagation and forces them to dread it as they look upon their own mistakes?

Why was everyone afraid to ask Mr. Hooper about his choice to wear a veil?

8:42 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth B. said...

In the short story the veil caused the congregation at the funeral to become even sadder as if they to were approaching death. At the wedding the veil caused the happy occasion to become dreary. Why were the people so frighten, sadden, and distracted by Mr. Hooper's veil? They knew it was Hooper and was only a piece of cloth that was hiding his facial features. Why would that cause those kinds of feelings to occur amongst the congregation members?

9:13 PM  

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