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Lecture 16

ENG250Y5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 16: My Kinsman, Major Molineux, Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Melissa Gniadek

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Lecture 16: Nathaniel Hawthorne: "My Kinsman,
Major Molineux", "Young Goodman Brown"
Monday, November 9, 2015
1:12 PM
Idea of the "mob" group, potential promise
Popular unrest can be a good thing
Rural to urban, class differences, corresponding social unrest
Strikes occurring
Family reliance, support
"My Kinsman, Major Molineux"
(refer to text)
1153 Close reading
Sense of movement, alienation
Early revolutionary unrest
Colony is still linked to Old England
Rumbling changes that we are going to get soon
Sense of young Robin, innocent naïve
Street matters, urban street scenes give a sense of old order that he is searching
Moves back to known hierarchy
Comes into town carrying a weapon (short thick stick)
Buzzing with tension from the beginning
Revolutionary violence of some sort
Emphasize old order and new and unfamiliar order
1158: Paragraph 1
Immediacy to the imagining
The story is described as if it has actually happened
Seems real fantasy because of the way of the wording
Predictable, little tableau of home country life
Unsure about reality and fantasy
oHome is also real and predictable
oKey Hawthorne tendency: Fancy and Reality
oPutting them together, moving between, tugging apart
oImagining of home reinforces country bumpkin vs. city
Text plays with readers for the reveal
1160: Appearance of the mob
1162: Major Molineux being publically humiliated
When Robin finally finds him, he is being tarred and feathered
Set up for these overthrows of power
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