American Puritanism And American Romanticism

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The way people viewed the world changed significantly between the time of American Puritanism and American Romanticism. American Puritans believed in a flawless society based on the core beliefs of the Church. As presented in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, American Puritans feared challenging the social norm because it would essentially lead to possessing a corrupt society. American Romanticism ideas differed from American Puritanism beliefs. Romanticists emphasized the power of individuals and believed in valuing feeling and intuition over reason. As opposed to American Puritans, Romanticists believed in seeking nature and objecting the artificiality of civilization. American Romanticism literary works impact society because it enforces the importance of human imagination, the importance of seeking nature, and the importance of valuing feeling over reason. American Romanticist ideas were widely expressed through poetry and short stories. Literary works such as Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving, “Thanatopsis” by William Cullen Bryant, The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving, The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allen Poe, The Tell Tale Heart by Edgar Allen Poe, and “The First Snowfall” by James Russell Lowell are examples of American Romanticism stories in which have a significant impact on society. Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle exemplifies the significance of seeking unspoiled nature. Rip Van Winkle’s wife is presented as a mean individual and often times exposes…
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