Essay about Nature Has Always Been A Part Of The Romantic Ideal

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Nature has always been a part of the Romantic ideal, as such the use of natural characteristics as a premonition would be a profound instance of a reflection of the changing values of society. As the population delves into superstition and nature, they tend to turn to the natural ‘apparition’ as a link to the future. This is exemplified in Castle of Otranto, in the scene of Manfred’s contemptible proposal to Isabella, where “the moon, which was now up, presented to (Manfred’s) sight the plumes of the fatal helmet, waving backwards and forwards in a tempestuous manner, and accompanied with a hollow and rustling sound”. Isabella proclaims “Look my lord! see heaven itself declares against your impious intentions!” In this, the writer uses synecdoche as he refers to heaven through aspects of the physical embodiment of such (nature), in this case, the moon and the wind. He also uses personification as he refers to heaven ‘declaring itself’ to further gentrify the (population’s) new understanding of heaven as (heaven on earth) a physical, natural entity which can be used as foreshadowing or can be interpreted to predict the future. This reflects the changing persuasion of the contextual society as they began to turn the supernatural and religious persuasions of lifestyle. This reflects the changing persuasion of the contextual society as they began to turn the natural sciences and religious persuasions of lifestyle.
In terms of Dracula, nature as a premonition is highlighted in the scene of Johnathon’s arrival in Transylvania. In this he is…