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Realism Prezi

Short presentation of Realism and Naturalism

Brittany Messina

on 4 March 2013

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Realism Adventure! Realism Begins Seeds of Realism Focus of Realists Interesting Detour At the time realism started to emerge, the United States was going through a period known as the Industrial Revolution and society was changing rapidly. This inspired many writers to depict the effects of these dramatic social changes on the average citizen. The first newly inspired writers to come forth were Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, and Henry James. The pioneers of realism you could say. Now let's see what social aspects they were focusing on. Detached narration Now we will take a slight detour on our journey into the wonderful world of realism quotes and artwork. It is important to see the transition from previous art into the time of realism and the quotes that will also be shown will give you time to think and digest the material we have already gone over. So here we go! Where Things Get Real Realism was born as a reaction to romanticism. Unlike the romantics, realists did not want to glorify anything. They simply wanted to depict reality. In basing their literature on careful observations of commonplace events and people, the realists believed they could shed light on greater social issues and concerns. So let's take a look at what social issues were going on during this time. Implications of modern technology Effects of urbanization Class conflicts Marriage Family life Mark Twain Quotes 1. Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself. 2. Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet. 3. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. Artwork Transition Romantics Realists Back to the Adventure! And now we are back to our little adventure through the Realist time period. It is time for us to move on to the Naturalists and Regionalists. These groups emerged out of the ashes of the Civil War and they sought to preserve the distinct character of America's regions and come to terms with some of its harsh new realities through their writing. Now let's take a look at what influenced these new writers. Please keep tissues handy, this will get a bit depressing as we dive in deeper. It is alright to laugh. Industry's Impact For a few, industry brought great wealth, but others suffered poverty and hardship. Both regional and naturalist writers were influenced by these developments. All of the nations wealth was locked up in the hands of a few individuals causing several people to spiral down into economic depression. When you look at the top where all the money is everything seems alright, but in reality there are tons of people suffering. This time in American history came to be known as The Gilded Age and all of its details are what fueled the new and emerging writers mentioned earlier. Times were dark and people were helpless, this is when the naturalist writers bloomed. Characteristics of Naturalism 1. Portray characters victimized by brutal forces. 2. Characters unable to control their own lives. 3. Life was a constant struggle. 4. The world appeared to be a harsh, uncaring place. 5. Current scientific, political, and economical theories. Naturalist Writers Looking to the theories of Darwin and other scientists, naturalists such as Dreiser, Frank Norris, Jack London, and Stephen Crane saw human beings as helpless creatures moved by forces beyond their understanding or control. Despite this grim attitude, many naturalist writers were popular. Now that you have a pretty good idea of who the naturalist writers were and how they came about it is time for another quick detour before we wrap things up. It is time to see some more art and quotes, but this time from the Naturalists's time. Jack London Quotes 1. Darn the wheel of the world! Why must it continually turn over? Where is the reverse gear? 2. I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. 3. Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Art During Rise of Naturalists Congratulations! You made it to the end and now you have a better understanding of who the Naturalists, Realists, and Regionalists are. I am so proud of you and I hope you enjoyed the presentation.
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