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
My Kinsman, Major Molineux
supplied him with government employment
1. Belief in individual choice and consequence
2. Emphasis on symbolism
- dwelling (589)
- food & drink (590)
- reputation (591)
good in appearance (588)
Proud - civilized (589)
- usual shrewdness (591)
“Grabbing the old man’s coat” (589)
aware of the unseen danger
(- dame, guardian (593))
Procession (noisy, bright, full of laughter)
<-> Robin (quiet, dark, lonely, scared)
:Scared of such maturity, growth.
Robin laugh: recognizing his own folly. (600)
(time to learn independence)
complete change in one night.
loss of innocence. (faith)
(Staying in the city and grow)
Brown: give up faith. (Died in frustration)
1. Start in daytime. (bright and easy)
2. Friendly city men.
3. Time of gain. (A wife, job, wealthy, reputation, independence, freedom)
1. Starts at night. (darkness of the harsh world)
3. Time of loss. (innocence -> guilty adulthood)
“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>.