What connects any 3 different literature periods, such as Romanticism, Naturalism, Transcendentalism,Classicism, Realism?To write an essay with a one common theme.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one could make the argument that emotions play a linking role in expressing the relationship between Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Naturalism.  Emotions and their reverence a play a major role in Romanticism, a movement that sought to place emotional understanding into a frame of reference that helps to guide human consciousness.  Transcendentalism is very similar in this light in its praising of emotions, but also seeks to bring emotions into a way that society is structured.  Transcendentalism desires to bring emotional understanding into how individuals see themselves in the social setting.  The notions of praising individuality, deriding conformity, and driving the idea that the individual can and should separate themselves from a society that goes against their own nature is a part of Transcendental thought arising from individuality.  Naturalism's placing of the individual into a pure state of nature helps to reveal how emotions are part of the natural setting.  Naturalism's exploration of human emotions is done so through the understanding that the state of nature is one where emotions are a fitting component and to understand individuals within this paradigm is to also understand their emotional frame of reference.

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