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Literature - a Mirror of Society- The literature of a country is affected and influenced by how the people of that country live This paper will prove that The French Revolution greatly influenced 19th Century French Romanticism First the cultural values of the revolution will be identified Then the different aspects of Romanticism will be presented The cultural values of The French Revolution and Romanticism will then be linked Finally literary examples will be shown to support this connection between the two movements Before the Revolution the citizens of France lived in a strict confined society with no freedom to express their feelings Government had imposed strong unfair laws on the common people Comptons Interactive Encyclopedia French Revolution They wanted a voice in a stable government with a strong economy Johnson 105 and a strong sense of individuality and independence within the people Moss and Wilson 180 Eighteenth- century literature was much like the society in which it was produced restrained Society was divided into privileged and unprivileged classes Leinward 452 with Eighteenth- century writers focusing on the lives of the upper class Thompson 857 These writers followed formal rulesThorlby 282 and based their works on scientific observations and logic Thompson 895 The Revolution gave the common people and writers more freedom to express feelings and stimulated them to use reason According to Thompson The Revolution had a major impact on Nineteenth- Century European Life 895 It sent a strong wave of emotion and revival throughout France Peyre 59 This lead to new laws and standards for the citizens including newer less imposing literary standards Romanticism marked a profound change in both literature and thought Romanticism according
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