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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 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 ***** such passages are "the masts of vessels pierced ***** ********** above the tops of the buildings, *****... informed him that he was near the centre of business," and "the moonlight fell upon no passenger along the whole extent" (Hawthorne pp). The moon is also ***** to create suspense, "***** *****r...stepped back into the *****" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne also uses the moon to create a rom*****nce in his s*****ry, "All ***** Robin could discern was a strip ***** 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 beautiful strangeness in familiar objects,' gave *****thing ***** 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 ***** came trembl*****g in and fell down upon ***** deserted pews," and "The Man ***** the Moon heard the far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 'the old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne *****).

Works Cited

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


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