The Cast Of Thornton 's Theatrical Masquerade Essays
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The emphasis on romantic motives of Thornton reflected the importance placed on love by the middle and upper classes in the first half of the nineteenth century. Romantic love during this time also began to be characterized as an exemplary female trait. However, in the media ‘romance’ had a specific meaning the early nineteenth century, tied to expectations of extravagance and sensationalism. It was this sensationalism that was clear through the emphasis placed on the pivotal roles of love Thornton’s narrative. The articles frequently included phrases such as, ‘the history she gave was indeed a romantic one’ and, ‘she gave us a full account of her romantic affair’.
Captain Alexander Burke…