Naturalism Movement in Literature

1329 Words Feb 4th, 2018 5 Pages
It began in the time period of 1880-1915. “It used detailed realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity, and environment had inescapable force in shaping human character. Naturalistic writers were influenced by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. They often believed that one's heredity and social environment largely determine one's character. Whereas realism seeks only to describe subjects as they really are, naturalism also attempts to determine "scientifically" the underlying forces (e.g., the environment or heredity) influencing the actions of its subjects.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalism_(literature)). One big characteristic of the movement is lower socioeconomic class, the harshness of life. Which brings out the characteristics of violence, Darwinist, and the detached method of narration (http://www.luc.edu). Through out the movement, some of the greatest authors and stories were revealed to the world. There are many books, short stories, and poems that were written in the naturalism movement. One book that comes to mind through this movement is Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane. From there a short story of that time is “A Dark Brown Dog” by Stephen Crane. Then there is always a poem. One that is named “The Way of War” by Jack London. All these stories capture the idea of someone’s experience in life. Showing that hard times can make or break a person. They are able to…
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