Realism Essay

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Lit/Lang 3: Realism Mini-Essay

Analyze two of the Realists selections & then compare them to each other and to the previous ideas of the Romantics.  This will be a 3-5 paragraph response – sort of a mini-essay.  Selections include: “To Build a Fire” (481) & “Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” (424).

Paragraph 1: Compose an introduction where you talk about the main ideas of the Realists (from your notes of the unit introduction in your text). Don’t just vomit up ALL the details – focus on the details that pertain to these two stories: (psychological) realism & (grim) naturalism.

Paragraph 2:  analyzing one selection showing how it reflects / represents the ideals of the realists.  You cannot get an “A” on this assignment without quoting from the selections.  Move beyond summary and into analysis.  Pick quotes that show realism / naturalism & explain why.  Don’t just summarize the story – we already did that in seminar.  Pick the story apart.

Paragraph 3: analyzing the second selection showing how it reflects / represents the ideals of the realists.  You cannot get an “A” on this assignment without quoting from the selections.   Move beyond summary into analysis.  Pick quotes that show realism / naturalism / irony & explain it.  Don’t just summarize the story – we already did that in seminar.  Pick it apart.

Paragraph 4: Discuss how & these authors’ texts are alike or different (something we didn’t get to do in seminar). Use a quote or example from each story – again, don’t resummarize, but pick one detail from each story to focus on.

Paragraph 5: Conclude your paper (tell me what you’ve told me and leave me with a final ‘ah ha’ thought).  Talk a bit about how different these guys are from Thoreau & Emerson (The Romantics) in terms of individuality, non-conformity, & the beauty of nature.

DOUBLE-SPACE
WRITE ONLY ON ONE SIDE OF THE PAGE
STAPLE THIS PROMPT TO THE FRONT WITH YOUR NAME ON IT

 

If you are clueless, just start the essay by writing about the stories.
You will have time to finish in class on Thursday.

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