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

Works Cited

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

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