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Romanticism was a literary and artistic movement of the nineteenth-century that arose in reaction against eighteenth-century Neoclassicism It indicated that there were no objective values that needed to be accepted by everyone It also suggested that the mind could not know reality as it truly was It is only interpreted according to the minds own interests Romanticism was said to be the search for a world that is not Nathaniel Hawthorne expressed romanticism in the allegory The Ministers Black Veil by using emotion the supernatural and mystery Emotion played a major role in this period of the romantic writers such as Hawthorne In The Ministers Black Veil Mr Hooper hid behind a black veil and refused to remove it even when asked by his fiance Elizabeth As a result Elizabeth walked out of Mr Hoopers life Mr Hooper smiled to think that only a material emblem had separated him from happiness though the horrors which it shadowed forth must be drawn darkly between the fondest of lovers The loss of Elizabeth was not the only factor that contributed to his state of depression Without hope Mr Hooper became a bugbear It grieved him to the very depth of his kind heart to observe how the children fled from his approach breaking up their merriest sports while his melancholy figure was yet afar off Mr Hooper was convinced that he would never again experience love or sympathy Although he felt as if his whole world was saddened he stayed true to the reason for wearing the black veil The supernatural aspect further broadened the understanding of the black veil for the readers in this parable Mr Hooper says to Elizabeth There is an hour to come when all of us shall cast aside our veils Take it not amiss beloved friend if I wear this piece of crape till then He explains to her that the shade is a symbol and he will wear it
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