The Modern Period existed from the 1700s until present time. Many literary works came out of this period of time that began to be much different than the works before. The Enlightenment Period began the look at the individual. As literature and art moved into the modern period, the time of Romanticism began. Here, the emphasis on the individual is even greater, with an even greater focus on the individual’s emotions. This paper will take a look at three literary works that embody the transition from the Enlightenment to the Romantic period; Voltaire’s Candide, Swift’s The Lady’s Dressing Room, and Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale. This paper will analyze the role of love as an emotion in these Modern-Romantic pieces. Each author has built on the authors that came before them. The concept that ties all of these pieces together is the role of the woman. College Essay Samples – The Romantic Heart
The authors of the Modern-Romantic period are struggling to express their individualism and emotions, and also struggling with how to relate their individual self to the woman. Voltaire falls back on the older ways of describing women: women are vulnerable and need men and use their sex powers to get what they want. Voltaire’s ideas are starting to change because he does address the hypocrisy in how women are viewed and how the world is set up for them to be and act. Swift uses humor and satire to show the reader how baffled he is at the side of women he does not know, and Keats plays on the old ways of defining women by reverting back to Greek mythology but still struggling with the imperfect woman. Voltaire’s Candide contains many graphic accounts of the sexual exploitation of women. All of the women in the story have awful sexual things happen to them. Cunegonde, the old woman, and Paquette are all raped or are sex slaves, or both. Voltaire shows how vulnerable women are to these types of things but also holds them to a high standard of morals and sexual chastity. This shows...
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