A Fire, Genesis Of The Tenement, And The Story Of An Hour Essay

1017 Words Apr 5th, 2016 5 Pages
“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.”

Realism can be simply defined as attempting to represent a subject truthfully, without any kind of exaggeration or implausible content. Each of the authors in this collection had somewhat similar themes about reality that they wove into their stories, and three in particular stood out as having very definite themes: To Build a Fire, Genesis of the Tenement, and The Story of an Hour.

To Build a Fire, the first text in this collection, deals with the consequences of ignoring reality. In this selection, a man travels alone through the Yukon Territory, during bitter cold weather, and with very little supplies or preparations. As the text states, “He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances.” This man knew that it was cold, but did not understand, or refused to understand, exactly what that meant and how it would affect him later in the story. Throughout the story, the man noticed more troubling things about his environment and what was happening to him, such as his spittle crackling before it even hit the ground, his bare cheeks quickly going numb, and his fingers doing the same. Yet, he felt very little worry or concern for himself, the text stating, “He was not much given to thinking, and just then particularly, he had nothing to think about save that he would eat lunch at the forks and that at six o’clock he would be in camp with the boys.” The…

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