Sunday, December 13, 2009
Title: The Minister's Black Veil
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Rating: 4/5 stars
One day, a minister appears before his congregation wearing a black veil that covers his face except for his mouth and chin. This act startles and frightens the congregation and they shy away from him. The only one with a enough courage to confront him is his fiance, but he won't tell even her why he wears the veil.
For my English 201 class, I had to read two short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne - this one and Young Goodman Brown. I have to say, I liked this one far more than Young Goodman Brown. It was written simplistically but artfully. The grammar and tone was easy to read and follow through out the story. The plot was also very interesting and engaging.
Not only was the plot enjoyable, but there was interesting subtext. There was a moral that was easy to understand and didn't leave you sitting there staring at the page in an attempt to figure it out. I'd highly recommend this story to any English majors or those considering majoring in English.
Posted by Ralph Gallagher at 6:14 AM