AP English III 3 Dec. 2012 The Minister’s Black Veil In “The Minister’s Black Veil” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Reverend Hooper covers his face with a black veil, and his worshippers are confused and scared about why the minister is wearing it. The black veil makes life harder for him, but he still will not take it off. Hooper’s veil stands for sin, and also represents the fact that all humans’ sin, and no one ought to be judged for it. Reverend Hooper’s black veil is a symbol of secret sin and the sinning nature that all humans have. Sin is mentioned various times throughout the play, and the first day Hooper wore the black veil he preached on secret sin: “The subject had reference to secret sin” (Hawthorne 268).
His willingness to slaughter the man for so weak a reason is frightening though. It helps to show how twisted Chillingworth truly is. During the end of the novel though, Dimmesdale thwarts Chillingworth’s revenge plot by telling the Puritan community how he had an affair with Hester. This act absolutely ruins Chillingworth because he no longer possesses the power over Dimmesdale. All the horrible acts he had done in the past were undone, because Dimmesdale "Hast escaped me!"(228).
The Coward Oedipus Is “A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit”. This quote by Thomas Jefferson portrays Oedipus because throughout ‘Oedipus Rex’ he quarrels with everybody about he truth and becomes blind to it. By blinding himself Oedipus becomes a coward because he doesn’t want to face his crimes. It all started when Oedipus hears a dreadful prophecy that he will murder his father and sleep with his mother. He leaves Corinth and travels to Thebes, and on the way he unknowingly kills his father during a quarrel.
His fickle favor toward his servants, and not to mention his family, proves his inconsistency and instability. Although appointed by the gods, his reign has exposed the abused and misused privilege of representing the gods in his earthly position. King Creon’s irrational edict stated that any man who dares to bury Polyneices would suffer death by stoning. Is it a mere human’s prerogative to determine another man’s eternal fate? Because Antigone had nothing left to live for, while knowing the sentence of stoning, Antigone defied King Creon’s edict in order to fulfill her duty.
Reverend Parris, still in shock that his daughter would be stricken by the devil, wonders why the devil would choose a preacher’s home as his place for invasion. In response, Hale says the following; “What victory would the devil have to win a soul already bad? It is the best the devil wants, and who is better than the minister?” (Miller, 41). Americans had much to fear in regard to communism; restrictions of free speech, deprivation of private property, restrictions of free press, and the presence of false judicial systems, just to name a few. With this in mind, the common attitude in the United States was, as it continues to be today, that communism is evil manifest in a government.
All people are born sinners. Natural men must be reborn to be saved; “…hell is waiting for them…” (Edwards 46). These views are that of Jonathan Edwards in Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Edwards belonged to a religion that was lingering and was close to disappearing due to the growing numbers of Christians, so he used figurative language and imagery in order to scare people back into the Puritan way of life. “Your wickedness makes you as it were heavy as lead, and to tend downward with great weight and pressure toward hell.” (Edwards 47).
This story is about committing a sin against the Puritan culture that is all about holiness and living right before God. Their culture really took ‘living by the Bible” seriously and condemned those who didn’t obey God’s laws. It became a widely-known scandal all around the town and many people condemned and had hateful feeling for Hester. But the real effects of the hurtful sin actually affected the minister. The first character who
They feared to live in such sinful society, because they believed that God predestined people to salvation and others were damned for the rest of time. Those believes explain why the Puritans tried to live according to the bible, and why they feared the Lord to some extent. To get away from the perverted European society, the Puritans migrated to the Northeast to create society completely devoted to serve the lord. They were driven by the fear that God was discontent, and that he would bring hell upon
The Last Judgment caused a big dispute between Cardinal Carafa and Michelangelo. It became a big deal because Michelangelo was accused of immorality and vulgarism because it had naked people with their genitals in evidence. It was mostly made a big deal because the image is in a church of Christianity. So then a censorship campaign was organized by Carafa to remove the frescoes. The genitalia in the fresco were covered twenty-four years later.
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