The Realist Movement : Kate Chopin And Charlotte Perkins Gilman

1252 Words Feb 27th, 2015 6 Pages
In the late 19th century, many American writers, like Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, for example, wrote in accordance with the literary Realist movement that became ever-popular during that time period. The Realist literary technique was based upon the accurate representation of daily life, encouraging writers to write about the problems and conditions surrounding them, using the language and dialect of ordinary people. This shift into Realist literature is often thought to be a revolt against the previously popular movement of Romanticism, in which authors wrote about idealized life, often with implausible conventions or supernatural events. According to William Harmon and Hugh Holman, "Where romanticists transcend the immediate to find the ideal, realists center their attention to a remarkable degree on the immediate, the here and now, the specific action, and the verifiable consequence" (A Handbook to Literature 428). After reading a few of the works of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, it was apparent to see how their works are often associated with the Realist movement in literary culture.
Kate Chopin, who admired many French writers (like Guy de Maupassant), could say the same of her own writing as she said of Maupassant’s: “[He] looked out upon life through his own being and with his own eyes, […] and in a direct and simple way, told us what us he saw.” (The Norton Anthology of American Literature 550). Kate Chopin wrote in somewhat of a simple…

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