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Dark Romantic Literature The grotesque, gloomy, morbid and fantastic.

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1 Dark Romantic Literature The grotesque, gloomy, morbid and fantastic

2 The Writers Herman Melville Herman Melville Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne Edgar Allan Poe Edgar Allan Poe Interested in human psychology and the deep, dark workings of the subconscious mind. Interested in human psychology and the deep, dark workings of the subconscious mind. Dark Romantics acknowledged the evil in men and the horror of evil. Dark Romantics acknowledged the evil in men and the horror of evil. Rooted in French, German, and English Gothic lit. Rooted in French, German, and English Gothic lit.

3 Literature elements Settings: wild, haunted landscapes. Settings: wild, haunted landscapes. Supernatural events and mysterious Gothic/medieval castles. Supernatural events and mysterious Gothic/medieval castles. Relied heavily upon symbolism; terror is often given a concrete form in a symbol Relied heavily upon symbolism; terror is often given a concrete form in a symbol

4 The characters Haunted, alienated, isolated, and obsessed characters Haunted, alienated, isolated, and obsessed characters Protagonists pitted against unknowable dark fates that in some mysterious way grow out of their deepest unconscious selves Protagonists pitted against unknowable dark fates that in some mysterious way grow out of their deepest unconscious selves Alienation from society as a result of: Alienation from society as a result of: –Pride –Selfishness –Coldness of heart –Emergence of secret sin into the world


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