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My Kinsman, Major Molineux. By Nathaniel Hawthorne. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). Some classmates at Bowdoin College  supplied him with government employment Later works show some Transcendentalist influence.  1. Belief in individual choice and consequence

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My kinsman major molineux

My Kinsman, Major Molineux

By

Nathaniel Hawthorne


Nathaniel hawthorne 1804 1864

Nathaniel Hawthorne(1804-1864)

  • Some classmates at Bowdoin College

    supplied him with government employment

  • Later works show some Transcendentalist influence. 

    1. Belief in individual choice and consequence

    2. Emphasis on symbolism


Summary

Summary

  • Introduction to the background of colonial governors. (preface)

  • Robin, a 18 yr lad went to a city for his kinsman.

  • Experienced hostility from city people.

  • Hungry, poor and tired, he waited by the street.

  • A procession came by, with his kinsman in as a criminal.

  • He woke up, wondering if it is a dream or real event, at the corner. Thinking of going home.

  • The gentle man told him to stay “some few days hence.”


Innocent childhood

Innocent (Childhood)

  • Robin: Bird of spring, New life, Innocence

  • At first : confident (think highly of his kinsman)

    - dwelling (589)

    - food & drink (590)

    - reputation (591)

    good in appearance (588)

    Proud - civilized (589)

    - usual shrewdness (591)


Maturity adulthood

-> Maturity (Adulthood)

  • Entered the city: “Knew not the way” (589)

    “Grabbing the old man’s coat” (589)

  • Experienced hostility: refused to answer him

  • Shame on himself: quiet & natural gait (592)

  • Loosing innocence: cunning smile (593)

    aware of the unseen danger

    (- dame, guardian (593))


Maturity adulthood1

-> Maturity (Adulthood)

  • Dream of past: seek for returning (596)

  • In the procession (599):

    Procession (noisy, bright, full of laughter)

    <-> Robin (quiet, dark, lonely, scared)

    :Scared of such maturity, growth.

    Robin laugh: recognizing his own folly. (600)

  • Robin <-> Gentleman: no going back to innocence. (600)

    (time to learn independence)


Religion all man as sinners

Religion – All man as sinners

  • River: Styx river

  • Leader of procession: devil-like, sinner

  • Crowd: sinners

  • When Robin laughed with the crowd, he also became one of them, sinners.

  • Light on opened scripture: God’s presence.

  • Gentleman’s reply: no going back (undo sin)


Goodman vs robin

Goodman vs. Robin

  • Character: naïve, has idealized (untrue) view.

    complete change in one night.

    loss of innocence. (faith)

  • Event happened: Blurred (symbolic) experience

  • Duality of human nature

  • Result: Robin: understand reality.

    (Staying in the city and grow)

    Brown: give up faith. (Died in frustration)


American dream

American Dream

  • Franklin: makes such dream looked easy.

    1. Start in daytime. (bright and easy)

    2. Friendly city men.

    3. Time of gain. (A wife, job, wealthy, reputation, independence, freedom)

  • Hawthorne: emphasize the harsh world.

    1. Starts at night. (darkness of the harsh world)

    2. Hostility

    3. Time of loss. (innocence -> guilty adulthood)


Works cited

Works Cited

  • “Goodman Vs Robin.”Free Essays, Research Papers for Students. 2002. 21 Oct. 2004 <http://www.essays.cc/free_essays/b1/vdj23.shtml>.

  • Lemmel. “Re: My Kinsman, Major Molineux.” Online posting. 8 Sep. 2003. Sparknotes. 20 Oct. 2004 <http://mb.sparknotes.com/mb. epl?b=53&m=685831&h=molineux,my,major,kinsman >.

    “The American Dream. Or Nightmare?”Digital Termpapers. 2004. 20 Oct. 2004 <http://www.digitaltermpapers.com/view.php/d/ The_American_Dr.htm>.

    Thekernel. “Re: My Kinsman, Major Molineux.” Online posting. 20 July 2003. Sparknotes. 20 Oct. 2004 <http://mb.sparknotes.com/mb. epl?b=53&m=659797&h=molineux,my,major,kinsman>.


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