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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). Hawthorne uses the moon to help cre*****e and illustrate ***** feelings of loneliness and insecurity. The young man arrives late one night in a strange environment and is able to his surround*****gs only by the light of ***** moon. Examples ***** such passages are "the masts of vessels pierced ***** ********** 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" (***** pp). The moon is also used to create suspense, "the *****r...ste*****ed back in***** the *****light" (Hawthorne pp). Hawthorne ***** uses the moon to create a romance in his story, "All that Robin 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 ***** imaginative power, a beaut*****ul strangeness in familiar objects,' gave someth*****g ***** romance to a scene, ***** might not have possessed it in the light of day" (Hawthorne *****). Then he closes his ***** with, "there the moonbeams came trembling in and fell down ***** ***** deserted pews," and "The Man ***** the Moon heard the far bellow; 'Oho,' quoth he, 'the old earth is frolicsome tonight'" (Hawthorne pp).

Works Cited

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


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