Romanticism/Gothicism

Free read for 10 minutes.

We learned about the Romantic movement in class today. This was from 1800-1860. It was a time of optimism, freedom of expression, and individualism. The Industrial Revolution freed people up to pursue leisure activities and use their imaginations. However, as people expressed themselves more, they began to question the new government, especially its endorsement of slavery. This eventually led to the Gothic movement. Instead of portraying humans as inherently good (as the Romantics did), the Gothic authors suggested that humans had more sinister tendencies, thus their use of vampires, ghouls, etc.

HW: Free read everyday for 20 minutes.

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