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

Works Cited

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

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