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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 mo*****light 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 surround*****gs only by the light of the moon. Examples of such passages are "the masts of vessels pierced the *****light above the tops ***** the buildings, and... 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 ***** suspense, "***** *****r...stepped back into the moonlight" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne also uses the moon to create a rom*****nce in ***** story, "All ***** Robin could discern was a strip of scarlet petticoat, and ***** 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 ********** of romance to a scene, th*****t might not have possessed it ***** the light of day" (Hawthorne *****). Then he closes his ***** with, "t*****re the moonbeams came ***** in and fell down upon the deserted pews," and "The Man ***** the Moon heard ***** far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 'the old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne pp).

Works Cited

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

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