Compare Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Haunted Mind" to that of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Black Cat" according to the existence of dark romanticism, Gothic and supernatural elements in each.
One element linking themes in Romanticism and Gothic literature is the power of the imagination. In more benevolent works, the imagination is praised for its ability to link the thinker/writer with nature in a profound or transcendental sense. There is a connection between the individual and nature that is metaphorically or literally spiritual. On the other hand, in darker Gothic and Romantic works, writers such as these (Hawthorne and Poe) illustrate the dark power of the imagination and, quite literally in these two stories, the power of...
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