Charles Baudelaire, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov: Change during Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism

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One of the most prolific writers and biochemists of all time, Isaac Asimovlt once said, “It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today.” Indeed, change is inevitable, but it is the way humans embrace the change or react to the circumstances of the changing event that ultimately determines our destinies. To that end, writers have explored change as a literary theme for centuries. Charles Baudelaire, Leo Tolstoy, and Anton Chekhov give readers a glimpse into how change affects man in terms of the philosophies of their respective ages of Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism. During the age of Romanticism, authors explored the ideology that people can learn, change, grow, and improve…show more content…
This is one of several ways Chekhov’s writings reflected his life. At twenty-six, the author took on a more serious motivation like in the short story At Dusk. He had been inspired to slow down and look at his work more carefully; therefore, he concentrated on a more literary quality and more intellectual development. During this change in Chekhov’s life, he wrote A Dreary Story, which was created after the death of his brother from tuberculosis. The story involved a man who confronted the end of his life which he realizes had been without purpose. In this age we also see more of a pessimistic attitude. Chekhov demonstrates clear characteristics of this age in his short story, Misery, which is set in the everyday world and involving ordinary events, such as the passing of the cab driver’s son. Misery is a story of depression and sadness, for the cab driver just wants someone to talk to about the death of his son; he wants someone to grieve with him. Such pessimistic attitudes are typical of Naturalism, in which man is depicted like an animal seeking simply to survive. Although each of these writers were from different times, and came from changing beliefs they all had common ground. Each of the writers addresses the psychological adjustments that are necessary because of the inevitable change that Isaac Asimovlt once spoke of. Each carried his personal emotions through his writing, and that

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