Romanticism - Classification Romantic • A book of the...

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Romanticism (1798-1870) Love for the common man, the rustic (not the aristocrat) Fascination with nature; sense of a “presence” in it Spirit of revolt Love for democracy Fascination with the supernatural Idealized rural life Byronic Hero- After Lord Byron (1788-1884) Wealthy Handsome, but dark and brooding Great sinner; unrepentant Charismatic Sometimes violent and brutal Larger than life Titanic passions Figure of both repulsion and fascination Victorian Period (1837-1901) Complacency Self satisfaction Prudery Moral earnestness Obsession with social status Respectability Difficult to classify Wuthering Heights combines elements of the gothic/romantic and the Victorian Gothic- violence, revenge The two ghostly appearances
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Unformatted text preview: Classification- Romantic • A book of the later romantic movement- preference for the hideous in character and the abnormal in situation • Instruction in the nature of grand passion • Tension between restrictive reality of civilize manners and unregenerate reality of natural energies Classification- Victorian • In the same ethical and moral tradition as other great Victorian novels • Morally instructive- futility of revenge; necessity of reconciling nature with civilization, passion with conventional society and its values Setting- Contrast • Wuthering Heights- actual and emotional tempests; rural crudeness; exposed hilltop • Thruscross Grange- calm; refinement; sheltered valley...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Hendrix during the Fall '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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