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Coral SerranoFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Psychology

Minor

English; Gender & Diversity Studies

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Dr. Gina Clawyell

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” has been analyzed from various perspectives, but thus far in the published literature, very few have examined this work using psychoanalytic criticism. It is even more rare to find research over “The Minister’s Black Veil” addressing the use of psychological projection. Through the character of Mr. Hooper in “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne projects his difficulties publicly expressing his criticism and opinion of religion because of the overshadowing actions of his forefathers. Evidence of this is laced within the short story: references to mental illness, the connotations of adjectives and other words used in descriptions, and career and life similarities between Hawthorne and Mr. Hooper. Critics and reviews of “The Minister’s Black Veil” additionally supports these ideas by citing personal accounts in Hawthorne’s life.

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I Know You Are, but What Am I? Hawthorne's Projection within The Minister's Black Veil

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” has been analyzed from various perspectives, but thus far in the published literature, very few have examined this work using psychoanalytic criticism. It is even more rare to find research over “The Minister’s Black Veil” addressing the use of psychological projection. Through the character of Mr. Hooper in “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne projects his difficulties publicly expressing his criticism and opinion of religion because of the overshadowing actions of his forefathers. Evidence of this is laced within the short story: references to mental illness, the connotations of adjectives and other words used in descriptions, and career and life similarities between Hawthorne and Mr. Hooper. Critics and reviews of “The Minister’s Black Veil” additionally supports these ideas by citing personal accounts in Hawthorne’s life.

 

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