Sun Valley

High School

Paul Carboni
American Literature & Creative Writing

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The rise of Realism is attributed to:

—  -The carnage and tragic loss in the Civil War that shattered the optimism and idealism found in Romanticism.

—  -Growth of industry and immigration in urban areas



—  -Focuses on the ethical struggles and social issues of ordinary people

—  -Challenges social institutions, conventions and hierarchies

—  -Rejects the optimism about human nature and intentions characteristic of Romantics

—  -Often uses irony or satire to criticize social institutions and injustices (ironists)

— -Characterized by the belief that individuals’ circumstances and character are determined by forces beyond their control, such as the environment in which they were brought up, social class, etc. (naturalism)

 Writing Resources:

·        Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

·        A Quick Tutorial: How to Cite Text