Presentation on theme: "Dark Romantic Literature"— Presentation transcript:
1Dark Romantic Literature The grotesque, gloomy, morbid and fantastic
2The Writers Herman Melville Nathaniel Hawthorne Edgar Allan Poe 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.Rooted in French, German, and English Gothic lit.
3Literature elements Settings: wild, haunted landscapes. Supernatural events and mysterious Gothic/medieval castles.Relied heavily upon symbolism; terror is often given a concrete form in a symbol
4The characters Haunted, alienated, isolated, and obsessed characters Protagonists pitted against unknowable dark fates that in some mysterious way grow out of their deepest unconscious selvesAlienation from society as a result of:PrideSelfishnessColdness of heartEmergence of secret sin into the world