Human Nature Through the Eyes of Brooding Romantics
Shows how 19th Century Romantic authors, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville depicted human nature through their works.
# 27098 | 1,345 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 25, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature)
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Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville speak to the modern age through the psychological insight they bring to their characters. The paper shows that these 19th Century Romantics wrote in an era before the science of psychology had been created, but they show the ability to develop ideas about the workings of the human mind and to express these through characters who are realistic in psychological terms even in the most fantastic of situations. The paper discusses their ability to show the contrast between the bizarre nature of the story and the psychological reality of the characters that says something to us about the human condition. Works discussed in the paper, among others, are "The Tell-Tale Heart" (Poe), "Young Goodman Brown" (Hawthorne) and "Billy Budd" (Melville).
From the Paper:"In his short story "Young Goodman Brown," Nathaniel Hawthorne creates an image of innocence compromised in the face of the evil of the world, an evil that is always hidden and that masquerades at times as the height of probity. The way the story is presented leaves a question open as to whether Young Goodman Brown's experience was real or a vision. Hawthorne in this story does what he often does in his fiction -- he juxtaposes light and dark, good and evil, innocence and experience, and fashions a moral fable out of the interaction of opposites, doing so in a way that leaves issues unresolved and that hints at the moral struggle in the world without truly resolving it or issues it raises about human behavior."
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