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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 *****light 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 ***** moonlight above the tops of ***** buildings, *****... informed him that he was near the centre ***** business," and "the moonlight fell upon no passenger along the whole extent" (Hawthorne pp). The moon is also used to create suspense, "***** *****r...stepped back in***** the moonlight" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne also uses the moon to create a romance ***** his story, "All ***** Robin could discern was a strip of scarlet petticoat, ***** the 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 beaut*****ul strangeness in familiar objects,' gave something of romance to a scene, that might not have possessed it in the light of day" (Hawthorne pp). Then he closes his ***** with, "t*****re the moonbeams came trembling in and fell down upon ***** deserted pews," and "The Man in the Moon heard the far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 'the old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne *****).

Works Cited

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

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