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Title: The Minister’s Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ministers Black Veilby Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Beginning of the Romantic Period in American

Discussion Questions
What are the top three things people use to
identify us?
Discussion Questions
What kind of masks do we wear?
Discussion Questions
Do we wear masks for ourselves or other people?
Discussion Questions
How well do you stand up to peer pressure?
Discussion Questions
How far would you would go to stand up for
something you sincerely believe in?
About the Author
  • In imaginative, allegorical fashion, he dealt
    with themes of guilt and secrecy, and
    intellectual and moral pride
  • His work shows Hawthorne's constant preoccupation
    with the effects of Puritanism in New England,
    with recognition of its decadence.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Salem,
  • From prominent Puritan family
  • He felt guilty for sharing the blood of
    witchcraft judge John Hathorne he added w to
    change name.
  • A childhood reader of poets and romances, he
    became a novelist whose tales dealt with moral
    conflicts in Colonial New England.

What is Nathaniel Hawthornes best known work?
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Set in the Puritan community, Hester Prynne bears
    an illegitimate child
  • Prynne is introduced to the ugliness, complexity,
    and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.
  • The novel contrasted Puritan morality with
    passion and individualism.

The Ministers Black Veil Plot Graph
Symbolism vs. Allegory
  • What is the difference between symbolism and
    allegorical characters/objects?
  • A symbol can simply represent something besides
    itself, but an allegory may have a deeper meaning
    or lesson.
  • See the Scarlet Letter for an example
  • The A simply means Adultery, but it has deeper
    meanings such as the battle between Puritan
    values and individualism.

Symbolism vs. Allegory
  • How can symbolism change in a story?

What is represented here? How can it change?
Symbolism vs. Allegory
  • A symbol can simply represent something besides
    itself, but a allegory may have a deeper meaning
    or lesson.

Literary Elements Allegory
  • Allegory is a form of extended metaphor, in which
    objects, persons, and actions in a story or play,
    represent particular qualities or ideas, related
    to morality, religion or politics.
  • Characters are often personifications of abstract
    ideas as charity, justice, greed, or envy.
  • For example In The Lord of the Flies, the conch
    represented civility and order while the
    character Simon represented peace and nature.

Literary Elements Mood
  • What is mood?
  • Mood is the feelings or emotions created in the
    reader by the authors use of detail.
  • For example, authors commonly use the setting to
    create the mood.
  • The mood is not constant and can change during
    the story.

Art and Romanticism
What does this art tell us about romanticism?
More Background French Revolution
  • Why is it important to know when and how the
    French Revolution took place?
  • There are three major reasons why it is used.
  • Helped to end the Spanish Inquisition
  • A major factor in Romanticism
  • Provides exotic setting (also Romanticism)

What is Romanticism?
  • Romanticism was an artistic and intellectual
    movement beginning in the late 18th century that
  • Emphasized individual expression
  • Emotion over Reason
  • Rebellion against established rule and social

What is Romanticism?
  • Spurred by the egalitarian ideas of the American
    French Revolutions
  • (ex. all people are created equal)
  • Belief in the innate goodness of humans
  • Belief in the heroic

What is Romanticism?
  • Belief in nature (its beauty power)
  • Emotion Senses over Reason and Intellect
  • Interest in medieval exotic

About Romanticism
  • Note the contrast between Romanticism Realism
  • Romanticism believes heroes die for a reason or
    cause Realism does not.
  • Romantics believe we make our own choices and
    determine our own destiny Realism does not.
  • Romanticism believes all men are good (or can be
    good) Realism does not.

Art and Romanticism
Clues for Quiz
  • How is symbolism used in the story?
  • How does symbolism change in the story?
  • How is time important to the story?
  • How does the protagonist affect other characters?
  • How is the story allegorical?

Clues for Quiz
  • What is the mood of the story?
  • Why is the veil worn?
  • What are the internal or external conflicts in
    the story?
  • What do we learn about the protagonist at the end
    of the story?
  • How does this short story exhibit romanticism?

The Ministers Black Veil Vocabulary
  • Throng
  • Venerable
  • Countenance
  • Deputation
  • Subtle
  • Antipathy
  • Profaned
  • Impertinence
  • Sexton
  • Plighted
  • Ostentatious
  • Pathos
  • Placid
  • Expedient
  • Discern
  • Visage

In class writing assignment
  • How does The Ministers Black Veil fit into the
    concept of Romanticism?
  • Use the book and class notes to answer this
  • Put into paragraph form examples, reasons, and
    explanations of how this story exhibits the
    Romantic philosophy.