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

Works Cited

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

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