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ENG 2020-01 09/13/13 Rousseau Journal Jean Jacques Rousseau was one of the founders that drove the Enlightenment period into what was deemed the time of Romanticism. Introspective writing, levels of classical beauty, the broad spectrum of emotions as well as the beauty and power of nature characterize Romanticism. Rousseau’s Confessions provides a leading example of introspective writing. The theme of self reflection is not only woven throughout the whole text, but is strongly emphasized in the opening chapter when he states, “ ‘this is what I have done, what I have thought, what I was… let them hear my confessions’,” (pg. 411). Rousseau reminds us that it is important to think about ourselves and we should reflect on what we are doing in addition to what is important to us. With the interpretation of one’s own inner thoughts, memories, curiosities and faults we establish another important source of education and understanding. This in turn can improve our cognitive thinking toward values and reason, so that we may become better human beings. In
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