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The Romantic Period The Cask of Amontillado and Young Goodman Brown ENC 1102 The Romantic Movement which originated in Germany but quickly spread to England France and beyond reached America around the year 1820 Romantic ideas centered around art as inspiration the spiritual and aesthetic dimension of nature and metaphors of organic growth Art rather than science Romantics argued could best express universal truth Edgar Allan Poes The Cask of Amontillado and Nathaniel Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown are both novels from the Romantic Period Both The Cask of Amontillado and Young Goodman Brown as well as all Romantic stories contain at least one of the following items of Gothicism items of the Grotesque or items from Freuds Interpretation of Dreams First both Poe and Hawthorne incorporate a few devices of Gothicism into their story Both The Cask of Amontillado and Young Goodman Brown has an unusual or wild setting Poe and Hawthorne also give their main characters hidden secrets some that are known from the start and some that are not yet revealed In Poes story the reader is shown the wild and fantastic settings of both the carnival and Montresors catacombs Poe points out the mood surrounding the carnival season when he describes it as a time of supreme madness The reader receives another detailed description of the setting when Montresor is walking with Fortunato through the catacombs and states The nitre I said see it increases It hangs like moss upon the vaults We are below the rivers bed The drops of moisture trickle among the bones 76 Hawthorne does not show the reader the wild and crazy happenings of a carnival instead Hawthorne shocks the reader by leading
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