American Romanticism Story Board-Jemma Jackman
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A key element in Romanticism is the love for the supernatural or paranormal. Irving begins his story with an explanation for the legend about Kidd the Pirate who left gold buried on the banks of Boston, and now that Kidd has died the devil guards its hiding place.
Nature also plays a big role in the romanticism of the story which includes the tree that holds the treasure, the mysterious swamp and the sacred swamp which all provide romantic elements to the drama.
Tom shows him valuing emotion and intuition over reason when his desire for money and personal gain which results in his wife's death.
The importance of individual freedom is exemplified when Tom wants to get away from his miserly and abusive wife and doesn't want to share any wealth with her.
BLAH BLAH BLAH STUPID
After making his deal with the devil, Tom seeks salvation at church and worries about the potential punishments for his actions.
The devil provides answers to Tom and his wife's problems which appealed to the desires and imagination of the couple that could not be offered by the real world and the devil offers the opportunity to explore all their imagination's desires.
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