Enlightenment And The Enlightenment

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The Enlightenment began in 1660’s to the beginning of the 19th century. The enlightenment is also known as the age of reason, meaning it was the movement of the emphasized reason and individualism rather than tradition. Some people who influenced the enlightenment, such as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire and many more, said that reason was the driving force in humanity and all should look to reason. During this period you can see that the trend was looking into reason and more of suppressing the emotional side of things and looking into the brain to be more reasonable and rational. Not long after romanticism came into the picture. Romanticism is a little bit hard to explain, but it was an artistic, literary, and an intellectual movement that validated emotion. Romanticism is all about imagination and emotion, the complete opposite of what the enlightenment is about. When I think of romanticism I think of nature. The romantics loved nature and loved to use nature in their writing. The idea behind nature was that you would become one with nature and immerse and you would experience new emotions, passion, and awareness that enlightenment people repressed because they were so fixed on rationalism. The purpose of the romanticism movement was to move away from the enlightenment thinking it was a direct response to the enlightenment. The writings of this period reacted in part against the Age of Enlightenment. Romantics, as we'll see, took a more subjective approach to

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