American Romanticism Essay

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American romanticism does not consist of love stories and happy endings. It usually is made up of scary stories and sad endings. The romantic authors use setting to create a gloomy mood through images of death, nature, and personality of the main characters. One way romantic authors use setting to create a gloomy mood is through images of death. “He shrieked once- once only. In an instant I dragged him to the floor, and pulled the heavy bed over him.” (The Tell Tale Heart p.2) This shows images of death through his description of him killing the man, yet it doesn’t directly say he murders him you can tell through his gloomy description. “Prophet! Said I, thing of evil! Prophet still, if bird or evil” (The Raven p.3) He thinks that the bird is an evil thing and wants to hurt him in this expression. Romantic authors also use nature to create a gloomy mood in these stories. “My friend, no. it is not the engagement, but the severe cold which I perceive you are afflicted. The vaults are insufferably damp, they are encrusted with nitre.” (The Cask of Amontillado p.2) The setting of this story is in a damp cold tunnel that has poor ventilation. This shows a gloomy mood through its descriptive setting. “Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary.” (The Raven p.1) This is scary because in scary stories events always happen around midnight or when it is dark out. This is telling you that they are awake at an awkward time of day. Lastly romantic authors also use the personality of the main characters to make these stories creepy. “I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad?” (Tell Tale Heart p.1) The main character is asking you if you think he is mad. He is telling you that he has been to hell and came back to life, this is very creepy to even think about. “But when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge” (The Cask of Amontillado p.1) The

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