Do you prefer pure Romanticism (Dances with Wolves/ “The Birthmark”) or Dark Romanticism/Gothic (Poe)? Why? Use evidence from the literature to support your opinion. Be sure to include what you DON’T like about the other type of literature. Finish this blog entry today, in class. Comment on two other entries for homework. I prefer Dark Romanticism rather then pure Romanticism because dark Romanticism has a way of attracting my attention and keeping me wanting to read more to figure out what dark/gothic message they’re trying to convey to the viewer. While on the other hand, Romanticism is too fanciful for my taste; it tends to lack the necessary elements that make it suspenseful and exciting as dark Romanticism. In "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Eger Allen Poe, a good piece of dark Romanticism is shown when the guy is so obsessed with this old man’s eye which looks like “a pale blue eye with a film over it,” that haunts him badly to the point that he plans on getting rid of it, which results in killing the poor old man. This dark piece of Romanticism really interested me because I wanted to read more to see if the guy really goes through with his absurd plan. Another great piece that dark Romanticism is shown is in “The Raven” by Eger Allen Poe, where the raven is a symbol of his wife’s ( Lenore’s) death. Ravens are known to be wickedly ruthless black birds which shows a sense of evil about them. The Romanticism pieces that we’ve read/watched in class haven’t caught my attention as much as the dark Romanticism pieces do. I like something that perks my interest which in turn makes me want to watch more of the film which is an element in Romanticism that lacks this feature. In Romanticism the plot is predictable and you can foresee the outcome, which ends in a typical manner. Overall, I prefer dark Romanticism because it can take a twist and throw the viewer off with a clincher ending that you may not see coming.
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