I now pronounce you husband and... wait is that what I look like!!
Reverend Hooper is wearing a dark veil for some unknown reason and preaching at a church. The people are disturbed at this sight. The people were wondering why a veil could so negatively impact them. One lady said, ¨“How strange,” [...] “that a simple black veil, such as any woman might wear on her bonnet, should become such a terrible thing on Mr. Hooper’s face (4)!” Then Hooper preaches about secret sins.
Take it off or I leave!
The main conflict is man versus self. His whole life, Reverend Hooper struggles with the fate he thinks he has. As he is talking with his fiance, he says this, ¨and hereafter there shall be no veil over my face, no darkness between our souls! It is but a mortal veil–it is not for eternity (9)!¨ This veil he wears effects his relationships with his loved ones, his church, and most importantly himself.
Why does no one like me, oh wait, I don´t even like me!
Later, during a wedding, Reverend Hooper saw his reflection and was terrified and runs away. ¨At that instant, catching a glimpse of his figure in the looking-glass, the black veil involved his own spirit in the horror with which it overwhelmed all others (6).¨
¨May I remove this veil before you die?¨
Everyone including himself are disturbed by the veil, and the veil is causing problems that would have been avoided if he just took it off. It is causing problems with Reverend Hooper and others and with himself. His fiance says, ¨Then farewell!¨ after Hooper refuses to take off the veil. A group of people asked him about the veil, but he did not answer. The people still don´t know why he wears it.
In the falling action, Reverend Hooper is struggling with isolation because of this veil that has separated him from society and himself. ¨With self-shudderings and outward terrors, he walked continually in its shadow, groping darkly within his own soul, or gazing through a medium that saddened the whole world (10).¨
Reverend Hooper is about to die and Reverend Clark is praying over him and asking if he can remove the terrible veil that has bound him down his whole life and Reverend Hooper reaches for it and holds it on as he dies. ¨Father Hooper snatched both his hands from beneath the bedclothes, and pressed them strongly on the black veil (12-13).¨