Sympathiality In 'My Kinsman, Major Molineux'

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The time in which the passage “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” is based off was one of wariness and confidentiality was one unlike any other in our country’s history. The people of the thirteen colonies were absolutely fed up with the tyrannical British rule. This sense of disgust towards the British monarch caused for the colonists to take drastic, and sometimes violent measures to get their voices heard. Among these acts of revolt were that of public humiliation of British sympathizers. This is the background information we receive as a backdrop to what is going to occur with Robin and his Kinsman, Major Molineux. The only problem is that our main protagonist Robin was unaware of the true nature of his Kinsman and his relationship with the people of the town in which he traveled. This unawareness of the truth is the driving force which makes the “Molineux” story that much more entertaining and, to some degree, more telling of how people were acting during the weeks and months leading up to the American Revolution. When we are first introduced to Robin, he is described as a rather young man with kind features and a generally upbeat personality. We also learn that he is unaware of his surrounding and has no familiarity with his current environment, which is a New England colony. He encounters a seemingly wealthy man, who is adorned in head to toe with the finest clothes whilst brandishing a shined cane. As I came to see, the cane being carried by the first gentlemen Robin meets

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