My Kinsman, Major Molineux: Questions On America

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1. Why does Irving say on page 28 “never need an American look beyond his own country for the sublime and beautiful of natural scenery”? Irving explains how beautiful America is, and it’s no need to find beauty in other places when beauty is here in your country. He describes the beauty of his native home and he will always be a true American.

2. How does Irving describe Europe? “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” He describes Europe as a place where the rich, refine, and a country engulfed in high society. He believes European men exemplify greatness and respect. Irving describes Major Molineux as “an elderly man, of large and majestic person, with strong square features,” “his face was pale as death; and far more ghastly.”

3. If Major Molineux represents the British Governors of New England, how can you read this story as an allegory of America winning its freedom? The story
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What did Goodman Brown mean by “Faith kept me back a while”? Include both the literal and figurative meanings. He means that his faith in God and family will keep him from death. His wife Faith is the reason he turns around and he will lose her if he continues on his journey through the woods.

5. How might “Young Goodman Brown” be a demonstration of how Hawthorne might have felt about his own ancestors? Hawthorne uses the story of Young Goodman Brown to describe how you question your faith and the choices to do right versus wrong. He shows in most of his works that no man is perfect and without sin.

6. How does what Goodman Brown learn in the forest about himself, his wife, his ancestors, and his community affect him? Use specific examples to support your answer. Goodman Brown finds out how strong his faith is and decides to turn his back on committing evil. However, Goodman became very insecure and had trust issues with his wife, his family, and his neighbors. Hawthorne describes his actions as, “A stern, a sad, a darkly meditative, a distrustful, if not desperate man, did he