Romanticism In 'The Pit And The Pendulum'

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Romanticism is a movement in literature from the 18th century. Qualities that romantic literature had is that they valued ideas and nature. They value nature and can find ideas in every single thing that happens. Romantic literature was not only happy but it was also melancholy. Romantic authors explored the good and the bad things of life. The Devil and Tom Walker is a short story that tells the life of Tom Walker. Basically Tom comes across the Devil and after a while Tom and the Devil strike a deal. Tom sells his soul to the Devil while in return the Devil gives him money. In Tom’s final days he becomes a hardcore Christian so he can try to escape the Devil but he fails. The other story called The Pit and the Pendulum. The story is about…show more content…
It is basically about welcoming death and not fearing it. The poem begins by introducing us to nature. Nature is then personified and it is said that nature speaks in a gloomy mood and helps the person feel better. Then the narrator tells we are going to die. The speaker then says we will become like rocks because we will lose all emotions. The narrator says that our rotted bodies will be used as food by trees. He then says that when we die we will be with lots great people in one giant tomb. He then says that everyone dies. The poem then ends with the speaker telling us that we should not be scared of death but we should think of it as a sleep full of nice dreams. This poem has a lot of romantic characteristics. This poem explores the afterlife of humans. “And, lost each human trace, surrendering up thine individual being, shalt thou go, to mix for ever with the elements, to be a brother to the insensible rock.” This quote tells us that after we die we will lose every trace of what made us human and that we will lose all of our emotions and senses and we will be just like rocks. “Thou shalt lie down, with patriarchs of the infant world—with kings, the powerful of the earth—the wise, the good, fair forms, and hoary seers of ages past, all in one mighty sepulchre. The
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