EURO 1200 Lecture Notes - Ugo Foscolo, The Last Letter, Romantic Hero

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Foscolo is the first europeon writer who lived in italian after the french revolution. Foscolo born in greece after french revolution italy is mostly controlled by france. 1815 the congress of vienna, austrian empire replaces france as the main political power dominating italy austria was a very conservative power. Foscolo believes there is a chance for italy to become independent. Letter of jacopo ortis, and of tombs seals foscolo"s fate in italy. Austrian government offers him the editor of a journal. The last letter of jacopo was very much like goethe"s the sorrows of young. Later on ortis becomes increasingly critical of the imperfection of human nature and of nature"s indifference towards men. Nature ends up mirroring the state of jacopo"s soul nature dwarves human. Ortis is defiant, questions nature increasingly critical of the imperfection of human nature man is not equipped to deal with stuff nature is a stepmother people who live in harmony with nature are privileged peoples.

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