Examine the Henry Fuseli painting, The Nightmare. Annotate the painting, that is, record details that contribute to your understanding of the mood and meaning of the work.

Re-read the following passage: 

Pages 203-204:

“… suddenly I heard a shrill and dreadful scream. … but he eluded me, leaped from his station, and running with the swiftness of lightning, plunged into the lake.”

  1. What is the context?
  2. In what ways does the passage connect to Fuseli’s painting? Discuss the details in the passage and the details in the painting.


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