ADVANTAGES


Highly imaginative and subjective
Emotional intensity
Escapism
Common man as hero
Nature as refuge, source of knowledge and/or spirituality
Characteristics
Characters and setting set apart from society; characters were not of our own conscious kind
Static characters--no development shown
Characterization--work proves the characters are what the narrator has stated or shown
Universe is mysterious; irrational; incomprehensible
Gaps in causality
Formal language
Good receive justice; nature can also punish or reward
Silences of the text--universals rather than learned truths
Plot
Plot arranged around crisis moments; plot is important
Plot demonstrates: romantic love, honor and integrity, and idealism of self
Supernatural foreshadowing (dreams, visions)
Description provides a "feeling" of the scene
Emerson
Whitman
Thoreau
Romanticism: a movement of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that marked the reaction in literature, philosophy, art, religion, and politics from the neoclassicism and formal orthodoxy of the preceding period.

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