Sealy 1 Madison Sealy Mrs. Penny Spivey American Literature (6th) December 12, 2018 Realism Period in American Literature The American Dream is widely known as the desire to set and reach certain goals to find success in life. All citizens today have the privilege to achieve any dream or ambition they want, as long as it is appropriate and legal. In the Realism period of American Literature, authors often expressed how real life situations were in their writings; the good and the bad. According to Google, the purpose of the movement was to expose how “fake” Romantic writings (the period before Realism) were. The Romantic period gave readers a visual of what life was supposed to be like. Authors of that time only wrote about the great pleasures in life, but overlooked the bad. When the Realism movement began showing readers that it was not always amazing, people’s perspectives began to change. The American Dream has been expressed through American authors such as Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, and Kate Chopin by showing that there is more to life than candy and roses, and you have to work hard for success. The Realism period in American Literature was a time of recognition for many people. It not only changed society’s way of thinking, it also sparked a realization that people must take action in order to reach their goals and dreams. This movement was known throughout the Midwest and the South, but according to Donna Campbell, “many of the writers and critics associated with realism were based in New England.” The dates are not clear, but Realism was popular in the mid 1800s to the beginning of the 1900s. Although it began in the nineteenth century, it is in many writings today. This American Literature period was not only expressed in
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