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American Romanticism contains recurring themes such as heroic isolation of the character and respect for a new wilder and pure nature Later during the 19th century American Romanticism becomes the Dark Romanticism where Gothic literature and Romanticism merge to create the sense that the natural world is dark decaying and mysterious However when nature reveals the truth to man the revelations are evil contain horror and terror and the setting is devoid of civilization During the American Romantic Era two important writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe influence literature in their own unique way Although their writing styles are different three of Hawthornes short stories can match up with three of Poes short stories because of their stories similar themes For example irony is the theme in Hawthornes The Ministers Black Veil and Poes The Cask of Amontillado While evil human nature is the theme of Hawthornes Young Goodman Brown and Poes The Tell Tale Heart Lastly morality is the theme of Hawthornes Dr Heideggers experiment and Poes The Masque of Red Death As American Romantics Hawthorne and Poe use irony in their stories such as The Ministers Black Veil and The Cask of Amontillado In Hawthornes The Ministers Black Veil irony shows the moral of the story because the main character Mr Hooper tries to teach his congregation a lesson about sins In the beginning Mr Hooper surprises his congregation by wearing a black veil swathed about his forehead and hanging down over his face Hawthorne 1221 The appearance of Mr Hooper wearing his veil startles and confuses his congregation A woman comments He changed himself into something awful only by hiding his face while another exclaims Our parson has gone mad Hawthorne 1221 Mr Hoopers veil causes a mystery that makes people uneasy and afraid With the veil in place Mr Hoopers sermons are now powerful especially
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