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Mousa Ahmadian

Mousa Ahmadian

Academic rank: Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9608-8737
Education: PhD.
ScopusId: 37053495200
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University
Phone: 086-33135111


Minister Hooper’s Melancholic Virtue
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Journal Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Researchers Najmeh Hafezi ، Fazel Asadi Amjad ، Mousa Ahmadian


Abstract: Hawthorne’s ‘The Minister’s Black Veil’ is one of his short stories whose protagonist has sunk in a gloomy depression. Since most of the male characters in such stories follow a procedure for a type of self awareness (this may happen out of the plot, as in Mr. Hooper whose insight has occurred before the story begins), the result of their journey within themselves is darkness and depression. The present study sought the footprint of true virtue in drawing the character into such deep thoughts that resulted in his everlasting coverage of his face by a black veil. One of the best approaches which proved the truth of the minister’s virtue was the definition that Immanuel Kant presented through his Observations on the Feelings of the Beautiful and Sublime. Kant made use of the theory of the four temperaments which influence human mental and behavioral traits. In his attitude, a melancholy is, among the other personality, the most virtuous and capable for the feeling of the sublime. In accordance with the characteristics represented by Kant for each temperament, reverend Mr. Hooper is regarded as a melancholy. With his deep thoughts, most realistic insight, and black moods, the minister of the story exhibits a truly virtuous personality.