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In Prefaces to the Experience of Literature Lionel Trilling explains the parallels in My Kinsman Major Molineux He believes that Hawthorne created this literary story to reflect that of his own life He says that the character Robin has similarities and emotions that parallel that of Hawthornes own life For example Hawthorne isolated himself from society and stayed in a room for twelve years Robin also experiences this when he is given a lesson and isolated from the group of a new colony Robins own pride caused misery because he thought he did should deserve more than he for being a kinsmanIn this story Hawthorne displays his urge to expose the characters inside emotions and thoughts This characteristic that Hawthorne possesses makes him the first of the influential American writers of fiction to do so Throughout the story Hawthorne keeps the reader on hisher toes as they experience the short story through many different perspectives Trilling explains how the reader gets to make the final decision in the paper depending on what they feel would happen The question that they get to answer is if Robin joined the rest of the group or if he left on the next leaving ship In Lionel Trillings perspective Robin joined the colony but then soon realized that he could not survive there because he did not fit in He also believed that Robin seemed too much like and Englishman Trilling concludes that Hawthorne and Robinparallel because they both are rejected by their own societies This above critique was found in the followingIn Trilling Lionel Prefaces to the Experience of Literature New York Harcourt Brace Jovanich c1979 pp69-73
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