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romanticism vs. realism

American Romanticism was as an artistic movement that took place during the eighteenth century. Romantic writers had a very different style than the normal writers of the time. They stressed the examination of inner feelings, emotions, and use of imagination. They also stressed an accent on the mysterious, strange, and fantastic aspects of the human experience. The last element of Romanticism is an intense reverence for nature and concern with the experience of the individual over the universal. These are some of the elements of Romanticism. Unlike the Romantic writers, Realistic writers were interested in reaction, logic, and scientific observation. They tried to render reality closely and in comprehensive detail. One aspect of Realism that completely differs from Romanticism is that in Realism there are no characters that overcome insurmountable to be heroes and save the day. Instead there are characters that better represent the way real people act and how they live their lives dealing with what life gives them. A realist understands that there are forces in the world that will simply not bend to the will of men. This idea is an extension of Realism called Naturalism.             An example of a Romantic writer is James Fenimore Cooper. He was the first person to make a living as a writer. Also known as “The American Scott”, Cooper was very much into British Romanticism. Cooper’s writings were distinctly American because the reader had to step out of the European influence to learn the lesson.  One character of Cooper’s works is Natty Bumppo.  Natty is a perfect example of a romantic hero. Natty loves nature and understands that it is not to be destroyed but respected. When Natty goes hunting he only kills as much as he needs to. For this reason Natty disagrees with the way the townspeople hunt because they consider it a game. They would use cannons and shotguns to hunt b...

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