Realism and Freedom in Literature of Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Realism and Freedom Dwight D. Eisenhower once stated, "Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed-else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die" (Rather 1). The meaning of the term freedom is often open to interpretation, and can represent different meanings to different groups of people. Up until the Realistic time period, many Americans viewed freedom as being able to enjoy the rights given to them under the U.S. Constitution. They saw this concept as something they had already attained, not something that they had to strive towards. Many of them lived their lives based merely on emotion and did not take into consideration that all men…show more content…
They veered off the path that Romantic authors had set for them and starting writing about topic that were more important to the time period they lived in, such as the Civil War and abolishing slavery. Many talked about the war and the abolition of slavery. In the article, "The Rise of Realism", it is stated that, "Idealist championed human rights, especially the abolition of slavery...". These important issues led to a change in literature from being based on feelings to being based on the harsh reality. The Civil War substantially impacted literature by altering how authors portrayed everyday life and the common person. During the Romantic time period, authors used their feelings and emotions as the foundation for their writing. They wrote about topics such as nature and often included a dramatized hero as their main character. Gary Arpin describes this change by writing, "Reactions to grim casualties of the war, as well as to the rapid urban expansion, inspired writers and artists to abandon their Romantic ideals" (448). As a result of the Civil War, authors moved away from this style of writing and instead focused on realistic events and issues. Realist authors portrayed their ideas through short stories, letters, and poems. These forms of literature became popular, because they were an easy way for soldiers to communicate to their families and comrades about what was happening on the front lines. Major

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