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Were there any aspects of romanticism in the novel "The Scarlet Letter"? I read the...

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mercy07 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 24, 2007 at 8:06 AM via web

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Were there any aspects of romanticism in the novel "The Scarlet Letter"?

I read the book twice & I couldn't find a good aspect of romanticism in the 18th century. I don't really understand romanticism thats probably why...

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 24, 2007 at 9:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Yes, there were.
Romanticism pushed back against the rationality of the emerging scientific age, and emphasized emotion and nation (among other things).

The novel is rich with emotional description (the style is Romantic), and the urges driving the characters are deeply Romantic. Passions govern them, not reason, and the natural world looms large all around them.

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