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In Nathaniel Hawthornes story My Kinsman Major Molineux his writing style revels his feelings toward Major Molineux There are several ways to determine how Hawthorne felt about Major Molineux His diction tone and selection can help evaluate the authors attitude towards Robins kinsman Hawthorne chooses certain words and uses them in either a positive or negative connotation to express to the reader his feelings for a character One example and there in tar-and-feathery dignity sat his kinsman Major Molineux Hawthorne is telling the reader that although the Major has been humiliated he still retains some dignity within himself The phrase tar-and-feathery dignity is an oxymoron yet Hawthorne decided to combine them This shows the reader that maybe Hawthorne believed that Major Molineux didnt deserve the treatment he received as much as the townspeople thought he did In addition some of the phrases throughout the story help the reader create certain feelings toward a character or express the authors feelings for a character Hawthorne chose the phrase the trumpets vomited a horrid breath to express to the reader that the trumpets suddenly stopped playing He wanted to give the reader a clear picture of the situation presented that night This might tell the reader that the story has stopped and will take a different turn It could also give the reader a feeling that something is about to happen to the main character It shows that Hawthorne wanted to make the moment before the Majors entrance a dramatic one Sometimes the way a sentence is written or the words used may cause the reader to develop concrete images about the story and what is taking place within it The reader develops certain images to help them understand the story For example His face was pale as death and far more ghastly the broad forehead contracted in agony gives the reader a concrete image This makes a reader think
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