Naturalism Literary Period

2601 WordsJun 15, 201811 Pages
Naturalist writing portrays individuality within a character allowing one to obtain humanistic themes from these literary works. Naturalists utilize mundane monotonous lives and reveal the heroine within, when all (environment, opportunities, intuition) seems out of control. This type of literature was found relatable during the rapid urbanization and naturalization after the Civil War, where many in bustling developing cities suffered from poverty and its poorly prevented consequences. The American naturalist movement was important due to the introduction of themes involving popular apprehension during this time period including; man vs. nature, man vs. society, sex trade, wasted potential due to uncontrollable forces, and man’s…show more content…
Also unlike romanticism, Zola uses his characters as a device for symbolism rather than a hero for readers to look up to. In these naturalistic writing of Zola, there is also much emphasis of people working together in groups, the literary references are greatly due to the labor wars that were taking place during the turn of the century. “Zola also took frankness about sexual functions much further than the early Realists had dared; and it is this, combined with a pervasive pessimism about humanity, which chiefly characterizes the Naturalist novel” (Brians). Americans were attracted to this relatable coarse naturalism, more than that of realism. Though realism and naturalism were introduced through the protest against romanticism, without these tragic tales of fiction, the stories we know today, such as the all American detective story would not be a part of even our most elementary entertainment. Naturalism’s main attraction to the American people was due to the timeframe in which it introduced its morals and themes to the population. The repugnant forces and perplexing relationships in life are represented through naturalist literature. Plots in literary naturalism follow a prominent decline. These plots often elaborate a character's general worsening. Naturalist stories tend to be written in an omniscient third person point of view. This format presents an objective tale of a main
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