Similarities and Differences Btw Realism and Naturalism in the Red Badge of Courage and to Build a Fire

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Similarities and Differences between Naturalism and Realism Both Naturalism and Realism were the genres of literature that appeared after the Civil War in the United States. The Realism and Naturalism first originated in Europe as a response to the Romanticism and Napoleonic War. People suffered from their misfortune and got depressed from the situation on which nothing had left but misery after the war. Likewise, in America, Realism and Naturalism came out in response to the miserable war, the Civil War. People lost their houses, families, properties and other things that they used to have. They realized the Romanticism on which emphasized imagination never worked to their wretched life and God would never salvage them from the…show more content…
In both stories, characters are trying to survive, or get over the situation. And, because of the harsh setting that they’re facing, they often feel regretful to their decision. In the story “To build the fire,” the man is an experiment source under the freezing weather. He’s trying to survive from the forest. However, the external force is stronger than him. Before he decided to traverse the forest, he believed that he could do it. As the weather is getting colder, he regretted that why he ignored advice of Creek, the Indian chief. It was too late to go back when he regretted about his decision. The quote says “The old-timer on Sulfur Creek was right, he thought in the moment of controlled despair that ensued.” In addition, in “The red badge of courage,” the character is trying to survive during the war. At the beginning, the main character was very timid and didn’t have any courage to fight bravely. He just ran away from the troops as the enemies were seizing them. He was afraid of dying in the middle of war, and wanted survive from it. He reminded his mother often time, too. The book quoted “Her brown face, upraised, was stained with tears, and her spare form was quivering. He felt suddenly ashamed of his purposes” Even though both Realism and Naturalism came out at the same time thus shared lots of similarities, they also had different views. One of the disparities was writing

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