A Faithful Representation Of Reality

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A Faithful Representation of Reality
“Then followed a stupefying apparition—a double-headed human creature with four arms, one body, and a single pair of legs!” (Twain 6). The repercussions of two twins, conjoined as one, being forced to live their together is the main plot of Mark Twain’s novella Those Extraordinary Twins, as stated in the quote above. Poignant and thought-provoking, this novella is written from a unique perspective, about a topic that not many have thought about. Published in 1894, Those Extraordinary Twins is similar to many of the books written during the literary time period of realism. Although Twain’s novella Those Extraordinary Twins may not appear to be perfectly reminiscent of the realism time period, there are stylistic elements evident in the book. Therefore, this novella effectively represents the realism time period and the styles that were used.
The realism time period, which began around 1860, mainly emerged during the Industrial Revolution. Around this era, the lower and middle classes became larger. Internal conflicts were usually a main part of the novels, as were the internal turning points. These turning points usually occurred within the characters, who were mentally unstable and had impulses, along with personalities, that were double-edged (Campbell). Realist novels, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Portrait of a Lady, were more focused on the characters themselves, rather than a plot (Campbell). For this reason, the

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