The Dark Romantics paved the way for the great horror and mystery stories of
today. Without them, there would be no Stephen King books or horror flicks like
Hannibal . The Dark Romantics are all similar because of their views of human
They all saw and examined different aspects of the darker side of human nature. Edgar Allen Poe explored dementia, Herman Melville wrote of obsession, and Nathaniel Hawthorne examined guilt in Puritan life. They felt the Transcendentalists ignored the darker elements of existence and chose a more optimistic view.
The Dark Romantics sought to show the darker side that was ignored through their stories that still intrigue and abhor readers today. Their works have left an imprint on American literature and set themselves apart from all of the other writers of their time. In short, the Dark Romantics, after reviewing their life experiences thought that the Transcendental philosophy was severely flawed. They saw that people could be evil, insane, impure, or generally not 100% good like the Transcendentalists thought. Unlike the Transcendentalists, they believed in original sin, and that it was responsible for the evil that existed inside of everyone.