The Romantic Heart

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The Romantic Heart
H. A. Black
ENG/106
October 19, 2015
Debora Aubuchon

The Romantic Heart Romanticism and Enlightenment were two viewpoints that culminated in the 17th and 18th centuries. These ways of thinking are varied in certain characteristics and aspects when compared side by side, but they also share some similarities. Many literary works from this era reflected the traits of one or both of these philosophical structures and often reflected or built upon earlier works of the same caliber. As most classical masterpieces do, the particular works that display attributes from the Enlightenment and Romantic philosophies have lent a proverbial stepping stone that - intentionally or unintentionally – led to influence on the modern world. First it is important to note the differences between Enlightenment and Romanticism. These two philosophies have always been at odds, one (Enlightenment) teaching that faith inhibits reason and the other (Romanticism) teaching that creativity and intuition allows individuals to unlock their true potential. Romanticism sought to celebrate people as individuals and encouraged the followers to express themselves, their point of views, and explore the different facets of their personalities. Enlightenment on the other hand saw people as a group and encouraged applicable rules and theories to fit one and all. These differences set the scene for some interesting literary works in the Enlightenment and Romantic era. Classic literary works such as Goethe’s Faust, Voltaire’s Candide, and Jonathan Swift’s The Lady’s Dressing Room provide what could be considered a fun look into the satirical nature evoked by both Romantic and Enlightened philosophies. Faust depicts the story of a demon or the devil that has been given permission to tempt God’s good and noble servant. This, however does not end as anticipated as God’s…...

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