HW10 due 9/23: “The Minister’s Black Veil” and Vocab

1. The Minister’s Black Veil–Today, we discussed the symbolic meaning of the black veil. Ultimately, as we work toward thesis statements, we need to consider how multiple devices/elements work in concert to create greater meaning (i.e. theme).  An analysis of the use of symbolism is great and critical to a discussion of the short story as a whole, but you demonstrate greater mastery of the short story if you are able to discuss how multiple devices/elements work together to develop theme. For instance, one could argue that the theme of this story is only revealed once one explores how Hawthorne uses symbolism to shape conflict. Or, one could suggest that Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the veil to highlight the irony of Puritan morality. So, tonight (IN YOUR NOTES SECTION OF YOUR BINDER) you will write two statements demonstrating an understanding of how multiple of devices work together. After each statement, explain how you see the two working together.

Ex. #1: Hawthorne’s use of the black veil exposes the irony of Puritan morality.
Ex. #2: Hawthorne’s use of the black veil illuminates the community’s internal conflict.
Note: Put thought into all of this including verb choice as the verb establishes how you see the relationship between the two.

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