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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). ***** 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 ***** his surroundings only by the light of the moon. Examples ***** such passages are "the masts of vessels pierced ***** *****light above the tops of ***** 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 ***** suspense, "***** *****r...stepped back in***** the *****light" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne ***** uses the moon to create a rom*****nce ***** his s*****ry, "All that 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 ***** imaginative power, a beautiful strangeness in familiar objects,' gave some***** ***** romance to a scene, that might not have possessed it in the light of day" (Hawthorne *****). Then he closes his story with, "there the ***** came trembl*****g in and fell down ***** the deserted pews," and "The Man ***** the Moon heard ***** far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 't***** old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne pp).

Works Cited

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

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