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In Prefaces to the Experience of Literature, Lionel Trilling explains the parallels in My Kinsman, Major Molineux. He believes that Hawthorne created this literary story to reflect that of his own life. He says that the character Robin has similarities and emotions that parallel that of Hawthorne’s own life. For example, Hawthorne isolated himself from society and stayed in a room for twelve years. Robin also experiences this when he is given a lesson …

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…Trilling’s perspective, Robin joined the colony but then soon realized that he could not survive there because he did not fit in. He also believed that Robin seemed too much like and Englishman. Trilling concludes that Hawthorne and Robin parallel because they both are rejected by their own societies. This above critique was found in the following: In Trilling, Lionel. Prefaces to the Experience of Literature. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanich, c1979, pp.69-73.