To what extent can Romanticism be characterised by its treatment of  Parenthood? (In general, and in Lyrical ballads & Frankenstein)Which sources would be best to use for an essay on this...

To what extent can Romanticism be characterised by its treatment of  Parenthood?

(In general, and in Lyrical ballads & Frankenstein)

Which sources would be best to use for an essay on this topic?

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The view of Romantics was complex, since were living in a world surrounding by discoveries of Nature (Darwin), intellectial, pholitical, and philosophical revolutions (French/American revolutions were shaking the formerly stable grounds of philosophy). As a result, everything that was "organic", "natural" and with simple language without overused or overworked diction was accepted as norm. An example of that would be the Lyrical Ballads OF Wordsworth and Coleridge where they divided their life analysis into Natural and Supernatural, to show how life is one entity on its own, separated from the ideas of the past.

Frankenstein as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame separated the spiritual from the physical and touched on the beauty of life in a different and exotic level.

As far as Parenthood is concerned, these were times in which family, life, death, and nature were being re-visited. The Queen of England at the time, Victoria, set up an example of parental perfection by bringing her family to the public and explaining how families shall view society differently, and be a part of their child's life. It was actuallly that combination of Political, Philosophical, and Literary change what combined to change the views of people of this era and include even something as normal as parenthood as a vital part of life.