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My Kinsman, Major Molineux

The main symbol used repeatedly throughout Nathaniel Hawthorne's story is the moon. The tale of the young lad's adventure seeking h***** kinsman Major Molineux begins at "near nine o'clock on a moonlight evening" (Hawthorne pp). ***** uses ***** moon to help cre*****e and illustrate the feelings of loneliness and insecurity. The young man arrives late one night in a strange environment and is able ***** his surroundings only by the light of ***** moon. Examples of such passages are "the masts ***** vessels pierced the ***** above the tops of the buildings, and... informed him that he was near the centre ***** business," and "***** moonlight fell upon no passenger along the whole extent" (Hawthorne pp). The moon is also ***** to create suspense, "***** stranger...ste*****ed back in***** the **********" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne also uses the moon to create a rom*****nce in ***** s*****ry, "All ***** Robin could discern ***** a strip of scarlet petticoat, and ***** occasional sparkle of an eye, as if the moonbeams were trembling on some bright thing," and again, "and the moon, 'creating, like ***** imaginative power, a beautiful strangeness in familiar objects,' gave ********** of romance to a scene, that might not have possessed it in the light of day" (Hawthorne pp). Then he closes his story with, "t*****re the moonbeams came trembling in and fell down ***** the deserted pews," and "The Man ***** the Moon heard the far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 't***** old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne pp).

Works Cited

Hawthorne, Nathaniel. My Kinsman, Major *****. 1831.

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