"The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The Minister's Black Veil" by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Ministers Black Veil by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Beginning of the Romantic Period in American Literature About the Author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) Salem, Massachusetts 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. 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. 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 Climax Exposition Ri si ng Incident Ac ti o

Inciting lin g Ac tio n n Fa l

Resolution 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? 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. Consider the following: How does Hoopers decision affect himself? Why does Hooper make this decision? What does Hawthorne want people to learn from Hoopers decision? How far would we go to stand up for

something we believe in? 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. Clues for Quiz 1. How is symbolism used in the story? 2. How does symbolism change in the story?

3. How is time important to the story? 4. How does the protagonist affect other characters? 5. How is the story allegorical? Clues for Quiz 6. What is the mood of the story? 7. Why is the veil worn? 8. What are the internal or external conflicts in the story? 9. What do we learn about the protagonist at the end of the story? 10. How does this short story exhibit romanticism? The Ministers Black Veil

Vocabulary 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Throng Venerable Countenance Deputation Subtle Antipathy

Profaned Impertinence 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 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 question. Put into paragraph form examples, reasons, and explanations of how this story exhibits the Romantic philosophy.

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