The Characteristics Of Romanticism And The Works Of Edgar Allen Poe

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The nineteenth century was a very important era. Industrialization began, slaves were being free, and people were fighting for women’s rights. Just like the world was changing so was the style of writing. Writers developed a genre called Romanticism. Romanticism started in Germany in 1820 to 1865. The major type of forms of writing were short stories, poems, and novels. Writers of this era are considered to be those who combined romanticism in their writing to improve the human experience. This later allowed philosophies like transcendentalism to develop. The Romantic time period is characterized by exaggeration, gothic, and attack on the age of reason. The author that used these characteristics the most is Edgar Allen Poe.
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The book of Anthology of American Literature says” I gasped for breath --and yet the officers heard it not. I talked more quickly --more vehemently; but the noise steadily increased. I arose and argued about trifles, in a high key and with violent gesticulations; but the noise steadily increased. Why would they not be gone? I paced the floor to and fro with heavy strides, as if excited to fury by the observations of the men --but the noise steadily increased...Almighty God! --no, no! They heard! --they suspected! --they knew! --they were making a mockery of my horror!-this I thought, and this I think. But anything was better than this agony! Anything was more tolerable than this derision! I could bear those hypocritical smiles no longer! I felt that I must scream or die! and now --again! --hark! louder! louder! louder! Louder!” (925). Edgar Allen Poe was completely exaggerating in the ending of the story. The human heart stops beating when there is no longer blood pumping through it. Edgar Allen Poe also exaggerates when the narrator explains to use how he made the floor look after he buried him under the floor. The book of Anthology of American Literature says “I then took up three planks from the flooring …show more content…
Once again Edgar Allen Poe used this a lot in his stories. Poe was known for making spooky, mysterious, and gothic stories. A lot of it has to do with his past. He lost his mother and wife due to illness which left him with emotional pain. Poe’s gothic theme included death, decay, insanity, and so much more. Poe wrote a story called “Ligeia” which includes all these characteristics in the gothic theme. In this story the narrator is deeply in love with his dead wife named Ligeia. At the end of this story somehow she get resurrected and the narrator is in awe. In the story Ligeia is described with long “black raven hair, large eyes, and jetty lashes” (912&913). The way the narrator describes her reminds me a lot of Morticia from The Addams Family. They both are dark, and spooky people. In my head I picture a female version of the grim riper. In the story the narrator remarries but he is not happy with his new wife. The narrator mentions to us the he gets pleasure from her hating him. The book says “That my wife dreaded the fierce moodiness of my temper --that she shunned me and loved me but little --I could not help perceiving; but it gave me rather pleasure than otherwise. I loathed her with a hatred belonging more to demon than to man” (918). Nothing in this story was sunrises or rainbows. Even the way the narrator describes the Bridal chamber is dark, and creepy. The book says “a single pane, and tinted

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