Edgar Allan Poe 's The Castle Of Otranto : A Gothic Story Essay

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Dark Romanticism is a genre that began as a result of the Transcendentalist movement. Ralph Waldo Emerson saw only the best parts of life, and no matter how tragic something seems there is always a positive side. Emerson 's views were not shared by everybody, and so Dark Romanticism was born. Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville only saw the dark things with all aspects of life, and did not believe that mankind would have a happy future (Witkowska). Dark Romanticism has been an important figure in changing the way Americans view literature today.
Dark Romanticism or Gothic fiction began with Horace Walpole 's “The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story.” The story 's content was similar to nothing that had been written before. Other authors quickly followed this new way of writing, with so many novels written in this form it created the genre of Gothic Romanticism ("The First Wave of Gothic").
The first and most well known authors of Dark Romanticism were Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville. Dark Romanticism was created through authors wanting to express their imagination and depict their own ideas through fiction writing instead of real life subjects. The subject of a Dark Romantic novel is usually a person who is rejected by society or someone who is fated to die horribly ("The Romantic Period, 1820-1860").
While the Transcendentalist movement was the beginning of Dark Romanticism, Dark Romanticism was created as an opposition to the…

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