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Answer this following two questions:

1. Romanticism is such a powerful movement and it leads to some of the most overwhelming works of art Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the ultimate romantic hero - in the true sense of the word - he follows his dream of creating life at all costs to himself and those around him. Here is a passage from Emily Bronte's great romantic novel Wuthering Heights:

"The intense horror of nightmare came over me: I tried to draw back my arm, but the hand clung to it, and a most melancholy voice sobbed, 'Let me in - let me in!' 'Who are you?' I asked, struggling, meanwhile, to disengage myself. 'Catherine Linton,' it replied, shiveringly (why did I think of LINTON? I had read EARNSHAW twenty times for Linton) - 'I'm come home: I'd lost my way on the moor!' As it spoke, I discerned, obscurely, a child's face looking through the window."
- Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights,

The storm without and the storm within are one and the same - that is the essence of Romanticism!!

Which romantic work of art in the text or otherwise (please use time frame established in the text) catches your eye and how does it exemplify a quality of romanticism?

2. Post-impressionism is a term not easily defined, but Van Gogh is a transitional figure who emerges out of impressionism and signals the enormous changes to come in the twentieth century. Here we have the famous "Starry, Starry, Night." It is interesting to think that so many see this as a beautiful, happy image of the world, while many art critics see it has a dark view of the world. Which do you see and why?

Starry, Starry Night

Also, find another Van Gogh which uses either color, brushstroke, subject, or symbol (think of the dead tree in the foreground as a possible example) in a similair way?

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