The Period Of Realism And Naturalism

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The Period of Realism and Naturalism
Realism and Naturalism are literary movements that appeared across America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The two are “sometimes used interchangeably, sometimes used as opposites” (902). Realism and Naturalism emerged in numerous aspects of life, but are most evident in literature. The purpose of realism is to demonstrate “idealistic views of life in favor of detailed, accurate descriptions of the everyday” (902). On the other hand, naturalism focuses on a “more romantic, view of human life than realism” (902). Authors that concentrated on realism and naturalism include Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Within their stories, it becomes clear on which issues they are bringing to life. As for Chopin and Gilman they discuss the harsh reality of women during their time in, “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wall-paper.”
Since the dawn of mankind, women are traditionally recognized as the less dominant sex. History has shown that women are against this notion and have been seen fighting for equal rights and freedom. Since the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, also known as the 19th Amendment, women have proven themselves to be just as capable as men. But before there was a push on equal rights for women, authors of the late 19th and early 20th centuries had no representation/ say in the matter. Authors such as Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman experienced tension with men in their lives and wrote about
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