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Heather Fackelman February 23, 2009 Montclair State University Enlightenment Vs Romanticism: Reason Vs Emotion The period of enlightenment during the 18 th century was a phase that centered on Nreason, common sense, and intellectualism; these were the driving forces in matters of importance . This “Age of Reason” inspired people to think for themselves and free themselves of the fetters of religious law and despotism . Romanticism, an artistic, th century, and focused on capturing the essence of human emotion; it revolted against everything for which the period of enlightenment stood . These two opposing movements are reflected in Hoffman’s “The Sandman” through Nathaniel, who is melodramatic and exaggerated and Clara, who is rational and level-headed . At the conclusion of the first letter from Nathaniel to Lothaire, it is apparent that Nathaniel is traumatized by events he witnessed as a child, and with good reason
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2009 for the course PHIL 320 taught by Professor Johnson during the Spring '09 term at Montclair.

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