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American Realism, Life From A Camera’s Point Of View

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What is American Realism? American Realism can be described as a Movement in the nineteenth century followed by artist,writers,and thinkers to show the present as it really was. The Goal of a realist was to show a camera’s point of view. Realist wanted to show their Audience that life was not perfect,that we had horrendous problems arising at the moment such as the civil war,slavery,immigration, and poverty.These writers or artist would describe the world “as is” and not exaggerate at all. The movement uprose during the civil war. There was death everywhere and Artist and writers wanted to capture exactly what they were seeing,so they used intricate detail in their paintings or writings.They would be extremely descriptive and not forget any small detail. In contrast to American Romanticism which would talk about how one should go out to nature and try to find ones true self. A Romantic would try to ignore all the death and Civil war topic. There are many Great Realist Authors who influenced America However, the one i chose to revise The writing on Samuel Langhorne Clemens or better recognized by his pen name, Mark Twain.
Who was Mark Twain and how did he influence American literature? Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 in a village named Florida located in Missouri. Twain was influenced by life around him.His writing was influenced by his family who had owned slaves. twain felt he had to write about the Injustice of slavery and other world problems. Twain was an important Realist. His books inspire many even today. Twain was famous for wearing a white suit most of the time. His greatest work was written in San Francisco and his best selling year was 1869. He travel by steamboat through The Mississippi River to go tour to different locations and read to his fans,who thought greatly of him. He was one of the first,or if not ,then the first author to tour.
One of his best selling book was “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”. Twain was really interested with humans because he thought they were intriguing. This inspired him to write stories like “The Lowest Animal”. Most of his stories used American Realism.
Mark Twain’s “The Lowest Animal” is a great example of Realism. Twain’s Central claim is that humans or “Man” as he calls it, is the lowest animal. Twain states that our own Moral Sense is what makes us immoral, disgusting beings. which is pretty ironic. Irony is when the opposite of what is expected happens,In Twains case “The Lowest Animal” would be ironic because the audience would usually believe that man is on top of the list. An...

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