Romanticism In Ethan Frome And Frankenstein

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Romanticism Lives On
Romanticism, the genre of literature and art that predominated the European world in the eighteenth century, directs its focus towards ideas of rebellion, individualism, and the natural beauty of the world. Guiding the spirit of the French Revolution, romanticism introduced Europe to a new set of values that give more power to the individual and offer a new hope of freedom. Frankenstein, a horror fiction novel written by Romantic author Mary Shelley, serves as one of the most notable examples of this literary field. Remarkably, although Romanticism concluded around the late nineteenth century, more recent novels appear to be influenced by Romantic values. One example of a Romantic themed novel is Ethan Frome, written by early twentieth century author Edith Wharton. The protagonist of the story, Ethan, becomes trapped in the tensions created by the opposing forces of desires and morality. Although these two novels were written almost one hundred years apart, Ethan Frome and Frankenstein contain similar aspects of Romanticism in the way that both novels address the forces of nature and emotions. One major aspect of Romanticism is the obsession of nature. Many Romantic texts convey nature as a healer and harbinger of supernatural events. Mary Shelley throughout Frankenstein addresses nature as a mysterious and unconquerable entity, as the main character, Victor, holds a “fervent longing to penetrate [its] secrets” (Shelley 21). The main character, Victor,

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