Nathaniel Hawthorne And Edgar Allan Poe And Dark Romanticism

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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
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Transcendentalists believed people were born to represent perfection, the Dark Romantics believed in the opposite, that people were born to do evil as equally as they were to do good (Witkowska). Dark Romantics believed that people were completely vulnerable to do sinful things, and partake in their own destruction. Transcendentalists also only saw the good in the world, they believed there as a light in everything, where the Dark Romantics believed there was only darkness and evil in everything. The Dark Romantics believed that humans were destined to fail anything they tried to accomplish, but the Transcendentalists believed humans had the ability to achieve perfection above anything else

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