What Are the Characteristics of the Neoclassical Period?
The neoclassical era had characteristics that were focused around accuracy, order and structure. The era, in opposition to the renaissance era, showed man as a flawed individual.
The Neoclassical era was one of the eras in England in which people were most comfortable. They were able to meet each other at coffeehouses and places of interest where they could discuss various topics. Literature became increasingly popular during this time due to many people sharing the literature with others. This was also the era when the British tradition of taking an afternoon tea began. The Neoclassical era gave way to people becoming more comfortable with social norms and started the beginning of a middle class structure. People were not extremely poor or royal, but they were rather average people. They were comfortable with this but still worked at keeping up appearances.
During this era, the literature that was written mostly consisted of simple portrayals of human beings. During the Renaissance, man had been thought of as a genuinely good species. This idea was eradicated during the Neoclassical era when man was depicted as flawed. The majority of literature involved humans needing to show self control and common sense. Conservatism during this period flourished as the new normal.