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Nathaniel Hawthornes story My Kinsman Major Molineux is set shortly before the American Revolution The main character is a young man Robin who is traveling to the city to rise in the world with the help of his uncle Robins journey into the city takes place at night and Robin immediately seeks his kinsman by asking some of the residents The story develops the events that lead Robin to discover why he is treated with such hostility when he asks directions to his uncles home Through his descriptive imagery concerning Robins environment his lack of informed judgement and his subsequent awakening Hawthorne makes the theme of My Kinsman Major Molineux painfully obvious to the reader Nathaniel Hawthorne uses great detail and references to sight to create the night journey that Robin travels upon He immediately uses the descriptions of Robin to create an image of a boy who is in an environment foreign to him Robin is dressed in common country dress which makes him appear as though he has never left the safety of his farm Hawthorne begins to make references to sight imagery such as with an eager eye and scrutinizes the small and mean wooden buildings Robin begins to use sight as a method of guidance and tries to find the way to his uncles dwelling through sight observation Robin attempts to find his uncles house by analyzing the exteriors of the houses on the streets He uses the appearance of the houses to judge if the house is prestigious enough to be his uncles home Once Robin fails to find his uncles house he walks slowly down the street hoping to recognize his uncle as those who are passing by Robins foolish attempts to locate his uncle begin to make the theme of the story very clear When Robin finds himself outside a church Hawthorne takes the opportunity to create a vivid description of a pulpit illuminated by a single ray
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