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Nathaniel Hawthorne's "My Kinsman, Major Molineux": Irrationalism

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Nathaniel Hawthorne's "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" is a short story, that represents irony. Irony refers to differences between reality and appearance, or between what a person thinks is true and what is actually true. The symbols of irony in the story show how Robin, the main character discovers in his ocean journey, the reality of his relative, and know the way of dealing with town's citizens.

Nathaniel Hawthorne's "My Kinsman, Major Molineux" is about a young youth of eighteen years old "He was a youth of barely eighteen years"1 who travels from his village towards the town, to search for his Kinsman, Major Molineux. Robin have strong confidence on himself, to find his uncle so meets ...view middle of the document...

Besides that, his ambitious makes him believe about his Kinsman, and never thinks that he sayd un sense, he thinks that all people are similar in respect and have innocence as he does "This low hovel cannot be my kinsman's dwelling"(1224).
Readers can recognize the differences in treating each other in village and town, that Robin respects old people by greeting them well "Good evening to you, honored Sir"(1224). Another kind of irony is because he is from the village and undertake it easily, even though they laugh at him the way he asks about his relative until his search becomes successful. But if it was a town citizen, he/she would be more sensitive and immediately react negatively "shrewd youth"(1224).

However, a reader needs to think and compare between the clothes and garments of both village and town people, in order to understand the situation of Robin more, and analyze his way of thinking "Embroidered garments, of showy colors, enormous periwigs, gold-laced hats, and silver hilted swords"(1227). Knowing the reason of being irony to Robin is important. As the irony might be known easily which is because, his appearance and reality, that does not even effect him or stops him from asking his usual question, but rather increases his confidence and makes him continue his way "continued the same sort of inquisition down the opposite pavement, with stronger hopes than the philosopher seeking an...

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