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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 his kinsman Major Molineux begins at "near nine o'clock on a *****light evening" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne uses the 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 to his surroundings only by the light of the moon. Examples ***** such passages are "the masts of vessels pierced the ********** above the tops ***** ***** 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 used to create suspense, "the *****r...stepped back into the *****" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne ***** uses the ***** to create a rom*****nce in ***** story, "All that Rob***** could discern ***** a strip ***** 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 beautiful strangeness in familiar objects,' gave ********** ***** romance to a scene, th*****t might not have possessed it ***** the light of day" (Hawthorne pp). Then he closes his ***** with, "there the ***** came ***** in and fell down upon 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 *****. 1831.

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