Literary Realism : A Movement

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Taylor Jones
Professor Anderson
American Literature II
11 October 2015
Literary Realism Realism was a movement in literature that followed Romanticism. In sharp contrast to Romanticism, everyday things characterized the writing of this time period. The use of authentic settings, relatable characters, and plotlines made realism what it was. In order to support the goals of these works, authors, for the first time, created stories that truly represented class and gender. The topics of class and money often appeared in these works. The people targeted for a story of realism was generally the new middle class. This was the first time that the middle class was really acknowledged in literature. Realism is all about being true to what actually happens; the author tells all that is real even when the truth may be ugly or socially deviant of the time. Romanticism in literature took hold in the U.S from 1830-1865. Romanticism was generally based upon love, optimism or opportunity. Basically, this was a time of growth for the United States, and the literature reflected that. After this time, the country 's immigrant population and working base grew, and changes in industry began to change the way that people lived. During this time period machines were being built, manufacturing became easier, urban areas expanded; cities became the center of the action. Ultimately, this industrialization and urbanization led to changes both socially and economically. All of this, created a divide
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