Roughdraft of MP1 - Brian Lau English 111 V Curtis Hisayasu...

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Brian Lau English 111 V Curtis Hisayasu 4/18/07 Rough Draft of Major Paper 1 Georg Simmel argues that being a stranger incorporates both “a state of detachment from every given point in space” (184) and “the conceptual opposite of attachment to any point.” (184) Simply said, a stranger is one who can doesn’t have any ties with any thing or body. In “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robin is a young lad who travels to a small New England colony to search for his relative Major Molineux. When Robin first enters the colony, he does not have a connection with anybody except for Major Molineux. Therefore, Robin is a stranger in the sense that he is “the man who comes today and stays tomorrow…he has not quite gotten over the freedom of coming and going” since he is looking for his kinsman (185). With that said, his connection to the kinsman hinders his “mobility” in deciding whether or not he will leave. Robin would have nothing to gain or lose in the sense that he knows nobody and he does not have to
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