Caragh. MEGAN. The Commanding Figure of Johnson. Last part of the 18 th century “age of Johnson” Dr. Samuel Johnson Remains a speaking authority on matters important to men and women Views of humanity Conservative & traditional
Last part of the 18th century
“age of Johnson”
Dr. Samuel Johnson
Remains a speaking authority on matters important to men and women
Views of humanity
Conservative & traditional
Criticized the popular belief in progress (the belief that things are getting progressively better)
Criticized the assumption that men and women are naturally good
If society is reformed, people will do what is right
The commanding figure at the end of the eighteenth century was Dr. Samuel Johnson, a man of conservative and traditional beliefs. He questioned the optimistic assumption that the future would be better than the past.
Johnson’s Death in 1784
the age of elegance,
reason, taste and
philosophy was over
At the end of the century, as industrialization mushroomed, writers returned to the nature and folk themes for inspiration.