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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 moonlight 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 the moon. Examples of such passages are "the masts ***** vessels pierced the ***** above the tops of ***** buildings, *****... informed him that he was near the centre ***** business," and "the *****light fell upon no passenger along the whole extent" (***** pp). The moon is also ***** to create suspense, "***** *****r...stepped back into the moonlight" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne ***** uses the moon to create a rom*****nce in ***** story, "All that Rob***** could discern ***** a strip of 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 beaut*****ul strangeness in familiar objects,' gave someth*****g ***** romance to a scene, th*****t might not have possessed it in the light of day" (Hawthorne pp). Then he closes his story with, "t*****re the moonbeams came trembl*****g in and fell down upon ***** deserted pews," and "The Man in the Moon heard the far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 'the old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne *****).

Works Cited

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


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