Romanticism Is Essential to the American Culture

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It was sought out to be the central movement of the American Renaissance, being most mediated through transcendentalism and it continues to influence on American thought and writing. “Romanticism has very little to do with things popularly thought of as "romantic," although love may occasionally be the subject of Romantic art. Rather, it is an international artistic and philosophical movement that redefined the fundamental ways in which people in Western cultures thought about themselves and about their world (“Romanticism”).” The scarlet letter in particular is a novel that clearly illustrates the American Romantic Movement. The author, Nathanial Hawthorne was an anti-transcendentalist who believed in the dark side of man. The novel covers all of the main points of romanticism: poetic language, symbolic undertones, the fight between good and evil and the madness in the human mind. We can also see the connection in romanticism between the characters themselves. “The Romantic movement, which originated in Germany but quickly spread to England, France, and beyond, reached America around the year 1820(VanSpanckeren).” Although, there was something different. The American romanticism came about during the time when Americans were trying to find their voice. It solidified the identity and passion in the pieces of the American renaissance. In his essay "The Poet" (1844), Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps the most influential writer of…
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