Romanticism and Its Culture
Out of all of the topics we had to choose from for our first first Special Investigation assignment, I thought that Romanticism and Its Culture was probably the most interesting to research. When you break it down, it can come down to many different aspects. Romanticism and its culture was culturally best represented in the time from from roughly 1800 to 1850. To really understand what is Romanticism and Culture, it can be broken down into many different ways. According to enotes.com, they suggested a list of information that I found helpful to really understand what all was going on. Characteristics of the Romanticism Period were thought to have been represented by individuality/democracy/personal freedom, spiritual/supernatural elements, nature as a teacher, interest in past history/ancient greek and roman elements, celebration of the simple life, interest in the rustic/pastoral life, interest in folk, and so on and so forth. (Ashley 1)
A couple other specific ideas to dive into hat are interpreted during the Romantic Period also included the generalization of nature, myth, emotion, symbols, and ideas about the self and individualism (Yourdictionary.com). In this paper, Id specifically like the point out and talk about the Brothers Grimm Private library to try and highlight the Romantic period and its culture throughout this time. I may be a little biased, but I truly enjoy these stories and I feel as though they really bring evidence to what the time period really was and what it brought to the table. The fact that these stories are also read and valued so highly today speaks volumes in itself. Even though they may be referred to as some watered down version written by Disney, there are many stories retold today that were based off of legendary stories written in the romantic period. Here are just a few examples of the stories that many of us all know and love today: Cinderella, The Frog Prince, The Goose-Girl, Hansel and Gretel, Hansel and Gretel, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. It was published in two volumes, in 1812 and in 1815. (Pullman 1)
A lot of the time when we think or talk about Brotherr's Grimm, you oftentimes think of just the two brothers that who copiously wrote their hearts out to get the finished produce of the stories we know today. When in all actuality, there were actually several. According to Associatesdegree.com, it stated that the Grimm family actually had nine children toal but only six had survived through infancy(Curtis 1).
Within their large family, they had manu brothers. Out of all of the siblings, there was only one sister. When I had read this, it made me laugh because it reminded me so much of my large family and me being the eldest, only girl (Curtis 1). Even though there were so many boys, a lot of the male figures in their lives died in their early lives. Both their father and their grandfather died early, leaving the family in dire straits. The Grimm brothers seem to favor stories with the female characters in focus, and scholars believe this may be due to the loss of these male figures in their lives (Curtis 1). When people go to try and visit where the birthplace of the plague and statue of the brothers Grimm, they are actually across from the street from the home where they were born - the original home was destroyed in world war two(Curtis 1).
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