Realism, Naturalism And Regionalism

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Realism, Naturalism, and Regionalism are just a few examples of the many styles of writing that exist. Each style of writing deals with a specific time period. Stephen Crane’s “The Open Boat”, Henry James’s “Daisy Miller”, and Mary E Wilkins Freeman’s “The Revolt of Mother” are just a few examples of the literary works that represent these time periods. These literary works are perfect examples of the specific time periods each writing style was popular among certain authors. These stories allow readers to compare the modern times that we live in currently to the period these authors were in. They also allow the reader to branch out and be different. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman is one of the many authors that represent the realism movement. …show more content…
Regionalism was a style of writing that was popular during the nineteenth and twentieth century. Regionalism focuses on customs or history of a certain region. Local color is a form of regionalism that focuses on the features of a region, and certain things that set the region apart from other parts of the world, such as its inhabitants or the geography of the region. One of James’s most commonly known stories is called “Daisy Miller”. In the beginning of the story James describes a hotel that is “seated upon a remarkably blue lake” (410). He also states, “The shore of the lake presents an unbroken array of establishments of this order, of every category, from the “grand hotel” of the newest fashion, with a chalk-white front, a hundred balconies, a dozen flags flying from its roof” (410). Daisy Miller is a story about a man named Winterbourne who meets a young girl named Daisy Miller. Daisy is less polite than the other girls he is used to, which is one of the reasons his aunt does not approve of her. Winterbourne travels to Rome the next winter because he knows Daisy will be there, but he soon finds out that she has been sneaking around with guys in town. Winterbourne tries to tell her that her actions are causing people to talk badly about her, but she does not listen. This gives Winterbourne the impression that she does not care about him. Daisy eventually becomes ill and dies a few …show more content…
An author that represents the naturalism style of writing is Steven Crane. One of Stephen Crane’s most famous stories is called “The Open Boat”. “The Open Boat” is a story about four men who are on a ship and it sinks. They end up on a lifeboat, which Crane describes as “Many a man ought to have a bath-tub larger than the boat which here rode upon the sea” (1048). The seas were rough and unforgiven. These men were all different, but they became friends. They eventually get to a lighthouse. Once they get to the lighthouse, the story starts to get more of a positive feel to it. “At last, from the top of each wave the men in the tossing boat could see land” (1052). They eventually feel the land “the welcome of the land to the men from the sea was warm and generous”

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