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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Porfirio Diaz Kate Chopin, author of The Awakening Themes ¨ Slice of life¨ Subject to natures laws ¨ Environmdent controls loves¨ Social criticism¨ Mind influences action What is Realism?a theory of writing in which the ordinary, familiar, or mundane aspects of life are represented in a straightforward or matter-of-fact manner that is presumed to reflect life as it actually is. Excerpt from Kate Chopins The Awakening, p. 129. You are the embodiment of selfishness, she said. You save yourself somethingI dont know whatbut there is some selfish motive, and in sparing yourself you never consider for a moment what I think, or how I feel your neglect and indifference.I suppose this is what you would call unwomanly; but I have got into a habit of expressing myself. It doesnt matter to me, and you may think me unwomanly if you like. genre/style - Fiction- Short Stories Historical Context Population of the United States is growing rapidly. (1865 -1915)Science, industry and transportation are expanding.Literature also was growing, but most new writers were not Romantics or Transcendentalists. They are Realists.The Frontier did not exist as before; its legacy changed and impacted Realists in its new form.The aftermath of the Civil War meant that Americans were less certain and optimistic about the future.The idealism of the Romantics and philosophy of Transcendentalists seemed out of date and irrelevant to many readers. Influences -Mark Twain-Jack London-Kate Chopin-Louisa May Alcot Historical Context Realism (1850-1914)
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