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Gothic Romanticism

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Sammy Powers

on 2 September 2015

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Transcript of Gothic Romanticism

Gothic/ Romantic American Authors
Nathanial Hawthorn
Romantic Gothic Literature of the Early 19th Century
MYP Ten American Literature
Mary Buzolits, Jake Oslin, Paul Johnecheck, Sydney Bhemlander, Samantha Powers
Characteristics of Romanticism
Romanticism in America was heavily inspired by the spirit of the western frontier, and the terror and mystery of the deep wilderness. Romanticism showed motifs of:
Atmosphere of gloom, terror, or mystery
Supernatural beings and occurrences
Exotic settings such as a castle or mansion that seems to be frozen in space and time
Relationships like love and hate, life and death, etc.
Edgar Allen Poe
Washinton Irving
On top of such motifs romanticism had rather improbable plots, unlikely and inadequacy of characterization, and experimentation of new ideas and forms of writing. All these made for interesting stories to keep the readers on edge and racing to guess what could happen next.
Gothic-Romantic American Literature
The Start of Gothic Literature in America
During the 1830's and 1840's, pioneers forged westward. Many settled in Michigan, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Iowa. However some continued unto the Pacific coast, settling along the Oregon Trail across the Pacific Northwest. In 1849, the gold rush began and frontiersmen poured westward into California. Stories of the woods and the terrifying nature of the vast American Wilderness soon spread across the country. This formed the basis of Gothic Romantic literature, and thus the romantic era began.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washinton Irving
The Fall of the House of Usher
By Edgar Allen Poe
The Tell Tale Heart
By Edgar Allen Poe
The End of The Romantic Era
The Raven
By Edgar Allen Poe
The Scarlet Letter
By Nathanial Hawthorne
The House of the Seven Gables
By Nathanial Hawthorne
As civil unrest began to arise in the 1850’s and the realist literature movement began to pick up speed the gothic era sputtered to an end. The beginning of the civil war and the end of the gold rush both caused literature to take a turn and eventually the particular motifs and popular plots of gothic mystery based writing was no longer popular.

1830: Start of Gothic-Romantic Period
1860:End of Gothic-Romantic Period
Works Cited
Hall, Ruth. "Romanticism." American History Through Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2015.
Halling, Oscar. Edgar Allan Poe. Digital image. Smiley Arts. Word Press, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2015. <http://smileyarts.files.wordpress.com/2006/08/halling_portrait.jpg>.
Schmidt, John. "Romantic Gothic Literature by John Schmidt." Romantic Gothic Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2015. <http://www.datehookup.com/singles-content-romantic-gothic-literature.htm>.
"Westward Movement | United States History." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2015. <http://www.britannica.com/event/westward-movement>.
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