Short Story in the Romantic Age: Characterization and Style

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Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Short Story in the Romantic Age: Characterization and Style The Romantic era (Romanticism) originated in Europe towards the end of the eighteenth century. It marked a period whereby authors used artistic, feelings, and a vivid description of characters’ personalities in their writings. Romanticism had its greatest influence in the literature between 1800 to 1870 being earlier adopted by poets before its effects were observed in novels and short stories. The Victorian era, on the other hand, is associated with Queen Victoria’s reign, between the period of 1837 to 1901. The Victorian era was characterized by scientific inventions and breakthroughs. Some of the most analyzed literature works and famous classic literature novels were produced during these two eras. This essay analyses the literary styles and characterization in short stories in the Romantic era as compared to the Victorian era by focusing on the distinguishing characteristics and literary devices used in the two eras. In order to demonstrate the difference between the two eras, this essay will analyze the characterization and styles used in two short stories from the Romantic era. Characteristics of Romantic Age Literature According to Stephen Bygrave Romanticism was used to describe a group of writers from around the turn of the eighteenth century to mid-nineteenth century whose work demonstrated a similarity to each other. Stephen Bygrave in his book, notes how Romantic writings focus on the thoughts and feelings of the characters (Bygrave ix). The Romantic era was marked by the admiration of the natural world and its mysteries. During this

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