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Differences Of Romance, History And History

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The notions of “romance”, “history” and “novel” were often replaceable during the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth century. On the one hand, there was a disposition to use the term “romance” as a synonym of history. On the other hand, there was also a certain inclination for using romance and history as two contrary concepts that proceeds into the need to discover the distinctions and similarities between romance and history, that is, to differentiate between what was perceived as invented and fictional events; and true facts and related to history (Mckeon).
This unclear-cut distinction between facts and fiction generated a kind of disorder in the literary world during the Restoration period so, writers thought that it was crucial to throw some light on what works contain real facts or invented
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(Rita Copeland).
This quotation underlines the adventures of a knight who seeks to bring justice to the world, rescuing damsels in distress situations and fighting against villains. In these struggles there is a triumph of the knight who adopts the role of hero and moves around marvellous elements. Northrop Frye indicates these two features in this definition of romance:
… the hero is the typical hero of romance, whose actions are marvelous but who is himself identified as a human being. The hero of romance moves in a world in which the ordinary laws of nature are slightly suspended: prodigies of courage and endurance, unnatural to us, are natural to him, and enchanted weapons, talking animals, terrifying ogres and witches, and talismans of miraculous power violate no rule of probability once the postulates of romance have been established.
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