Romantic Movement and the American Dream

Romantic Movement and the American Dream BY AlexNelson31553155 In literature, the Romantic Movement was Americas first extreme creative period in emerged because of the American Dream making the readings exact reflections of desires during that time. Therefore, the authors weighed profoundly upon the idea of America as a New Eden, triumph of the individuals, and hope for the future in the works. The American Dream has been described as God’s New Israel, and the garden of New Eden which combined with the romantic movement, giving the illusion of a paradise. This is portrayed in various stories including, Rip Van Winkle by IrvingWashington, and poems such as I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman, but however is doubted by authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter. Irving, who was born during the beginning of the Romantic Movement, portrays his beliefs in the American Identity and the American dream.

He states towards the end of the piece Rip Van Winkle that “the setting sun, will glow a light up like a crowning of glory’ in his works by illustrating America as a New Eden. Walt Whitman who born towards the end of the Romantic Movement, believed that the American Dream. This is shown in one of his many poems such as I hear American Signing.Whitman states that the people are, “each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else” which validates that every individual has the right to flourish upon his or her own desires when they come to the Americas.

However, there are always authors who contradict other thoughts. Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was also born in the middle of the Romantic Movement, exposes the American Dream as being a fraud in the Scarlett Letter because he no matter how optimistic the founders of new colonies may be, they provide for a prison and a cemetery almost immediately upon their arrival.


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