Romanticism & The Gothic School of Thought. By Ms. Willis. Historical Context. 1789: The start of the French Revolution An attempt of the French people to ride themselves of their absolute monarchy. A bloody revolution; leaders became tyrants as well 1793-94: French Reign of Terror
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By Ms. Willis
Turning towards nature as an escape form the harsh realities of their world
“Romanticism embodied a new and restless spirit, seeking violently to burst through old and cramping forms, a nervous preoccupation with perpetually changing inner states of consciousness, a longing for the unbounded and the indefinable, for perpetual movement and change, an effort to return to the forgotten sources of life, a passionate effort at self-assertion both individual and collective, a search after means of expressing an unappeasable yearning for unattainable goals.”Romanticism in a nut shell: “look, it’s me – in a nutshell” –Austin Powers
In the words of Isaiah Berlin
Why character analysis is critical to the plot