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  • Realism, Naturalism and Regionalism Entering the Twentieth Century in the USA
    • The Civil War left Americans feeling uncertain about the future.
    • Writers turned away from Romanticism and Transcendentalism with their emphasis on the fantastic, the imaginative, and our need for harmony.
    • Realistic writers sought to portray ordinary life as real people live it: factory workers, politicians, gunfighters and cowboys.
  • Examples of Realistic Writers
    • Bret Harte
    • Mark Twain
    • Realistic writers attempted to show characters in an “objective, almost factual way.” (472)
    • They “tried to find meaning in the commonplace.” (472)
  • Naturalism
    • The naturalists believed that one’s destiny is decided by heredity and environment, physical drives, and economic circumstances.
    • They believed that human beings had no control over events.
    • They also believed that human beings are at the mercy of nature and its brutal forces.
  • Examples of Naturalistic Writers
    • Jack London
    • Stephen Crane
    • Crane wrote the
    • classic
  • Regionalism
    • Regionalism is often referred to “local color”
    • Such writers use regional dialect.
    • They use vivid descriptions of the landscape.
    • They sought to capture the essence of life in the various regions of the nation, attempting to capture customs, dress, speech, and other local differences.
  • Examples of Regionalists
    • Bret Harte
    • Kate Chopin
    • and Mark Twain