To further demonstrate that An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge offers example both for and against the definitions of literary realism, this paper will be broken up into three main sections. The first section will define realism in two different ways. The second section will show evidence supporting the fact that An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge is an example of literary realism. The third section will show evidence against this story being an example of literary realism. These sections will be followed by a work cited page and images of the literary works used as a reference in this paper.
DEFINITIONS OF LITERARY REALISM
Literary realism has been defined by George J. Becker in an essay called Modern Language Quarterly with three criteria: “verisimilitude of detail…an effort to approach the norm of experience…and an objective, so far as an artist can achieve objectivity, rather than a subjective or idealistic view of human nature and experience” (Pizer 1). This, however, is not the only definition of realism that exists. Donald Pizer proposed to define realism as is applied to the “late nineteenth-century American novel” (2). This is important ...
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