My Kinsman, Major Molineux

What is the purpose of Hawthorne's intersection of the dream world with reality?

Consider Robin's surprise at seeing Major Molineux tarred, feather, and paraded across town. Is this simply his inability to processs a shocking situation during a time of political upheaval? Or is Hawthorne exploring the metaphysical realm of dreams - a type of proto-psychology (like we find in much of Poe's writing)?

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to reach his dream to get what he needs