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In the painting Liberty Leading the people by Eugene Delacroix you can observe many different characteristics of the Romantic era. There is a lot of heightened emotions as a woman is leading men into battle carrying the flag of France. The colors on the flag demonstrate the ideals of liberty that were held close to the hearts of those during the french revolution. This painting is portrayed during the french revolution, which is related to romantic painters trying to portray the events of the time and the emotion and upheaval that followed them. The french revolution was characterized by much blood shed as the citizens of the third estate were trying to oppose the unfair social and economical hereditary estates they were assigned by Henry the XVI. The painting also portrays the industrial revolution as large buildings and smoke are in the background. The industrial revolution left terrible working conditions and environmental damage. The working class that was created during this time had many objections about the working conditions and hours. It is odd that a woman is leading the men, since equality for woman was almost non existent. Lady liberty has more of a symbolic importance as she displays the passion, emotion and boldness that people during this time embodied. As they trample over the lives lost to the battle emotions are high as a new era of justice and liberty is beginning with the turning point of history and the abolition of the last absolute monarchy.This painting fits the characteristics of the Romantic era because of all of these factors and can be interpreted as the emotions and social injustices that were taking place at this time.
There are numerous opinions as to when a person fully matures. Should the legal age of adulthood be lowered or raised? Is it fair that people can serve in the military and vote at 18, but not buy alcohol until they are 21?

Many experts have done extensive studies of the brain at different levels of growth to determine maturity. It only makes sense that our brains begin to mature as we get older on account of the experiences we have and the developement of our brains. Also one must take into account how gender effects the maturity of one's brain as well.

Neuroscientists have discovered that brain maturation actually continues much later into development then once believed. Not only does the brain mtures but the actual anatomy of the brain itself begins to change and alter. On account of brain activity and anatomy still developing in young adulthood, one's analysis of future consequences for one's decisions, their impulse control and abilitity to compare risk and reward is still not developed as well. Indeed, some brain regions and systems do not reach full maturity until the early or mid-20s. Leaving us perplexed and confused as to what specific actions and tasks can a teenager to young adult handle. Should this knowledge prompt us to rethink where we draw legal boundaries between minors and adults?

Maybe, but it's not as straightforward and easy as it may seem. First, different brain regions and systems mature along different timetables. There is no single age at which the adolescent brain becomes an adult brain. Systems responsible for logical reasoning mature by the time people are 16, but others are still developing into early adulthood. This is why 16-year-olds are just as competent as adults when it comes to granting informed medical consent, but still immature in ways that diminish their criminal responsibility. On account of this it is extremely hard to identify when certain actions are legally justifiable by the age of the individual.
Fay Weldon's essential belief about literature is that an author can change the way people think outside of what they have read. Weldon believes that good authors can carry a vision of something within the real world and transform and shape it to improve the injustices and any flaws that it contains. From that, the reader can acknowledge the way society ought to be and may even change the way reality itself is carried out. Fay Weldon effectively persuades me to agree with her belief because she appealed to logo and pathos within her excerpt. It also to me personally makes a lot of sense on a psychological basis. For example, people who play violent video games and watch the news that is not censored tend to become desensitized to the severity and destruction that is in the world. On account of this, there is less of an inclination to prohibit behavior that leads to specific events because there is a lack of regards for others as such incidents are seen as a formality. So in theory the more people read of a greater future, the easier it will be for them to allow an altered society and reality. As these new ideas begin to flourish they will be able to realize the change that they can make as individuals. By changing the hearts and minds of a few, you may be able to change the masses. Fay Weldon mentions how it may be changed only minutely but the idea at that point as she is insinuating has already begun to blossom. That idea may not be recurrent for a few years but eventually it will make a difference.
Rousseau talks about his early life experiences and how they shaped his love for literature and brought great sadness that transformed into great joy as he aged. Rousseau talks about how his mother and father had great attachments towards one another and then eventually talks about how she died giving birth to him. He talks about his frail body and how he only survived because of the graciousness of his aunt who nursed him back to health. With the sadness of his mother's passing, he talks about all the happiness that followed as his father paid special attention to him but never spoiled him. It was from this experience that he acquired a great love for romantic styles of literature as his father would stay up late with him reading his mother's old book. There is also a sense of great positivity within his literature as he talks about the day of judgment after he dies and how he will confess all of his sins and tell his life story. The outlook of his life from his adult life and the foreshadowing he leaves as he talks about how his childhood events lead up to the rest of his life. Rousseau also talks about his family members with such acclimation and tenderness that you can experience his emotions through his approval of them and the places that they hold within his heart. It is seen that he is an extremely passionate man and he even talks about it within his childhood. All of the emotions and positive outlooks that Rousseau talks about within Confessions are great examples of the ideals of the Romantics.
Neoclassicism generally focused on reason and logic while Romanticism was in complete opposition. Romanticism focused on passion, emotion, subjectivity and the power of one's guiding feelings. Romanticism had its flaws as it often brought forth an unrealistic view on life and society. Wordsworth believed that living in coordination with nature would naturally bring out the emotions and primal harmony with earth. He believed that once in accordance with nature and one with self that less restraint would flow from the language of the mind as a more simplistic and meaningful vocabulary would emerge. The typical poet who demonstrates Neoclassicism will cause the author to write with an elaborated vocabulary in order to bring honour to themselves instead of producing a heartfelt and simplistic message that is more meaningful. By using this simplistic view on poetry and life, one is able to reach a true philosophical nature that is not fabricated by only reason and boring subjects that do not connect with the mind, body and soul. Instead it encompasses the actually feelings of one's inner self and allows the audience to connect to the poem on a personal level. Romanticism beliefs bring out the true nature of a one's soul and allows them to find purpose within their life. Romantic literary genre and techniques strive to produce descriptions that bring forth strong emotion from the audience and may go against societal norms in order to bring forth the proper meaning of life opposed to superficial jargon.
Many Romantics see the natural cycle of life and the connection it has to the human race.
Romanticism was a movement in the arts and literature that originated in the late 18th century. Some of the main values of the Romantics were

-individualism
-idealization of childhood
-families
-love
-emotions
-nature
-the past

Many poets like William Blake believed that if one were to become connected with nature that emotions would flow freely and naturally. Romantics also emphasized their departure from logic and reason as it was seen to conceal one's true emotions and allow no freedom of expression. William Blake and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both heavily focus on scenes of nature and the theme of the cycle of life. The natural cycle of life as they try to emphasize is what humbles us in the end. As individuals and humans it is inevitable to live forever. Although, most times the Romantics got carried away with their emotions and notions of life, both poems easily look at life in a realistic view and the acknowledge the power that they do not have when faced against time and the cycle of life. However, they do heavily focus on the beauty of the world and the cycle of life as every description of nature bares a very heartfelt and tender approbation for its essence. It is a very recurrent theme within the poems of the Romantic era. Mainly because people began to appreciate nature instead of the fast paced life of the Industrial Revolution and the horrors of the French Revolutions that sequentially followed one another.