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Unformatted text preview: Brian Lau English 200 D Andrew McNair 4/27/07 My Kinsman, Major Molineux “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” (Carl Jung) In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” Robin is a young lad who travels to a small New England colony with the dream of becoming something in the world through his kinsman, Major Molineux. However, like all things, greatness is not something that is easily given, it must be earned. Robin’s experiences are like a dream in the sense that dreams are both blurred images of stories and events that are not real. They occur during sleep as products of one’s desires; for example, idealistic goals and fantasies. Robin goes through town and the only thing he has on his mind is finding is kinsman; nothing else matters. But like all dreams, they aren’t real and they end as you awake. Awakening is considered as both waking up from sleep and the realization of actuality. It is having clarity of thought and attaining consciousness. Robin’s journey to reconnect with Major Molineux’s success and fortune and the rude awakening to the truth of his reputation is a manifestation of the state of dreaming and awakening. Oftentimes, the term “stranger” is defined as a barrier to the rest of the people. This stranger in turn is isolated and as a result, he is in a different reality than everyone else. Robin starts out as the stranger but he doesn’t know it. He came into the new town and expected everything and everyone to belong to him. He thought that since his kinsman is Major Molineux, he is royalty himself as well. Robin went into the town thinking he belonged and when he arrived, everything was unfamiliar to him. There is a recurring point in this story of how every time Robin asks if anyone knew Major Molineux, all the people of the town would unite with their hatred for Major Molineux. The reason why Robin thought he would have belonged is because he came from a small town where everyone belonged. There is an instance in the story of Robin sitting at the doorsteps of a church daydreaming....
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