Thursday, October 6, 2011


This reading can be summarized as being about, how the "Romantic Era" was an literary, artistic, and intellectual movement, that originated in the second half of the 18th century in European society. However, this era did not gain an strong response until the Industrial Revolution.
In strong part, this was an revolt against the aristocractic society and political norms of the Age of Enlightment, and an reaction to the scientific rationals of nature. Romanticism was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature, but also had an major impact on history and education.
In an literary sense, Romanticism was able to find recurrent themes in past criticisms, emphasis on sensible females and children, the heroic isolation of the artist or narrator, and respect for an more wilder nature.
It is important to note that, many Romantic writers like Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne are considered to be writers of the Romantic Era.
It is important for the reader to note, that the Romantic movement placed an strong sense of emotion, on an authenic source of aesthic experience. That placed new emphasis on emotions, like trepiditation, horror, fear, and awe-struckness. An sense of fear and forebading can be seen in works by Hawthorne, where the main character is stepping into the unknown, being unsure of what may possibly happen to him.
It is important to note, that works of Romanticism often offered an sense, of elevating folk art and ancient customs to represent something noble. This is seen in an desirable urge for the main character, to do something considered to be noble. When the main character was going to an different village to find the man that he was looking for, he thought that he was commiting an act of importance to him. However, at the end of the story, the main character did not get what he planned out of the trip.
One connection, that I had to this story, was that it made me think of works by other authors of the Romantic Era that I have read in prior English courses. In addition to Poe and Hawthorne, other writers like Mary Shelley and Byron can be labeled as belonging to the Romantic Era. These works of arts, contribute an sense of fear and suspense in the reader. Much like in the case of Hawthorne, an reader does not quite know what to expect, while reading these novels.

1 comment:

  1. I just want to mention, some discussions that were covered in class. It was mentioned, how many people did not exactly know how the story was going to end. Also, it was discussed how the use of "colors" in this story meant representations of an character's personality. How the use of the color "red" worn by an female character, could mean an possible representation of an whorish personality.