Aspects Of Romanticism In Ponyo

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Aspects of Romanticism in Ponyo The movie Ponyo has many aspects of romanticism. Some aspects are the use of nature as a teacher, society as a corrupting agent against people, and man being a source of goodness. All those aspects of romanticism are included in the movie Ponyo. Within Ponyo, nature is the sea that is meant to be a pure and constant being that helps the environment Ponyo conveys that nature is good is by showing how the people of the island live off of the sea next to them. Another is how Fujimoto, Ponyo’s father, hates all humans because of the bad effects to the ecosystem that they cause. Fujimoto once was human sacrificed it all to serve the sea. For example when he states,”I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” (Thoreau, lines 46-47). Even though Ponyo’s father loathes humanity, she has so much love for both humanity and nature that instead of bringing humanity down, she wants nature to come up alongside it. Fujimoto is the advocate for the idea that humans – society, corrupts people. As Fujimoto says, “What do you know about humans? They treat your home the same way they treat their filthy black souls! I was human myself once. I had to leave that all behind to serve the earth.” (Ponyo, Fujimoto). Fujimoto hates and loathes humans and the human world because to him humans only pollute things and destroy what they love. Humans do not step back and examine their lives: Still we live meanly, like ants. (Thoreau, Walden). He wants to bring back the age of the sea and rid the earth of humans. More than that, he doesn’t want his daughter to know the evils of man. Sosuke, Ponyo’s love, in the end of the movie passes the test that he really loves Ponyo and will take care of her. This is what started it all. Nature is a powerful and transient element but with Ponyo, her desire to

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