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The tenets of Realism
- Faithful to “surfaces of a life”
- Reflects the rise of science and social science
- Insistence upon and defense of the “experienced commonplace.”
- Writing’s purpose is to instruct and entertain.
- “show you what to think, don’t tell you”
- The material is drawn from “our experiences” – the common, average, non-extreme, representative person
- Readers expect to meet characters in fiction who resemble ordinary people in ordinary circumstances, and who can meet unhappy ends.
- Humans control their destinies, morality is self-realized
- About the relations of people and society
- Character is more important than plot
- It is positive for characters to develop
- Realists develop characters by the user of ordinary speech in dialogue, and character and plot intertwine
- Realists rely on 1st and 3rd person limited POV to convey the sensibility of their central character
- Attracted adherents of Romanticism and Romantic writers
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