Minister's Black Veil Editorial

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Chesleigh Burns
Miller
English Honors III
6 December 2012
Constitutional Rights vs. Comfortableness
Recently, Reverend Mr. Hooper arrived for the Sunday service wearing a black veil. Our townsfolk have the deputy currently investigating a way to take away Mr. Hooper’s American personal right of wearing of a veil. America was founded to escape persecution and receive freedom within reason. It’s understandable that if a townsman or townswoman dressed inappropriately, he must receive repercussions, but our dear reverend is innocent of this seeming crime that has catalyzed discomfort.

The day that Mr. Hooper attended the funeral, the veil was seen as appropriate, but at the wedding, it brought about an air thick with gloom. The now married couple could have asked him to have another minister perform the ceremony. Since they didn’t seek another option, it is their duty to accept Mr. Hooper’s just choices allowed by their constitutional rights. The townspeople request seems reasonable, but if they were in his place for a different cause, they wouldn’t want their right to be taken away. If Mr. Hooper is unable to wear a physical “visage, a Black Veil” (470) then mankind should be unable to wear their invisible visages also. Due to the townsfolk’s uneasiness and prejudice, Mr. Hooper is no longer able to take his daily “walk to the burial ground” (467) at sunset. The townsfolk only desire to have Mr. Hooper’s right revoked because of the discomfort it causes them. Reverend Hooper wears this veil to show the world that he has recognized his sin, has become saved, and will live every day with his guilt until his chains are released after he departs from this world.

America was built on the foundation of freedom and it is our duty to grant our founders’ wishes by carrying them out. The townspeople’s request to release them from their uneasiness must be declined by the council. Reverend Hooper should be able to wear his black veil in peace.

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