Literary Analysis : Realism And Realism

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In literary analysis, realism is the art of writing about everyday life situations with no pretenses or embellishments to cloud the reader’s mind. This style of writing became prevalent during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and was distinguished by the previous literary style of romanticism. Literary critics and reviewers alike have acknowledged realism as the “dominant paradigm in novel writing” (Rahn) during this time period as a way to discern the subtle shift in style. Realism gives close attention to the small details of life that might otherwise go unnoticed. It is a way of telling a story as it might actually happen, viewed through the senses objectively and thereby bringing the reader very close to the situation.
Examples of realistic writing can be found in textual passages where the author describes how a particular food smells and tastes, or a description of particular sights and sounds that are brought into awareness. For the realist author, depiction of character is an integral aspect of moving the story along. The late nineteenth century was a time in which psychology and motivations were often examined more closely than ever before, which is one of the primary reasons why realism gained popularity during that time. The novelist and short story writer often brought all of these aspects of personality and motivation together in fiction as a way to explore these new avenues of thought from a novel perspective. In realist fiction, a change in how the
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