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Chapter 28: The Romantic Hero

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Christopher Litten

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Chapter 28
The Romantic Hero
1780-1880

What a thing is imagination!…Yes, imagination rules the world. The defect of our modern institutions is that they do not speak to the imagination. By that alone can man be governed; without it he is but a brute.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave.
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Slave Songs and Spirituals
I saw how the fine form of man was degraded and wasted; I beheld the corruption of death succeed to the blooming cheek of life; I saw how the worm inherited the wonders of the eye and brain.

I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.

Thy Godlike crime was to be kind,
To render with thy precepts less The sum of human wretchedness,
And strengthen Man with his own mind.
O hero, with whose bloodied story
Long, long the earth will still resound,
Sleep in the shadow of your glory,
The desert ocean all around…
A tomb of rock, in splendor riding!

“I am,” thought I, “not only the slave of Master Thomas, but I am the slave of society at large. Society at large has bound itself, in form and in fact, to assist Master Thomas, but I am the slave of society at large. Society at large has bound itself, in form and in fact, to assist Master Thomas in robbing me of liberty. As a society has marked me out as privileged plunder, on the principle of self-preservation I am justified in plundering in turn. Since each slaves belongs to all; all must, therefore, belong to each other.
Emancipated in 1828
Changed her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843
Dictated narrative,
The Narrative of Sojouner Truth
Orator
“Ain’t I a Woman” speech
Sorrow songs
Spirituals
Longing for freedom
Egyptian bondage motif
Emily Bronte
, Wuthering Heights
Charlotte Bronte
, Jane Eyre
Mary Godwin Shelley
, Frankenstein
Madame de Stael
George Sand
, Lelia


“All loves are true, whether they be fiery or peaceful, sensual or ascetic, lasting or transient, whether they lead men to suicide or pleasure.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe and Uncle Tom's Cabin
Lord Byron
Nationalism
Alexandre Dumas
Walter Scott
Victor Hugo
Herman Melville
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Frederick Douglass
Napoleon In Art
Napoleon's Diary
Prometheus
Byron and the Promethean Hero
Pushkin and Premethean Myth
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
Promethean Slave Narratives
Napoleon: Romantic Hero
Frederick Douglass

My Bondage, My Freedom
Sojourner Truth
Female Romantic Authors
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