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    Editha by William Dean Howells The story "Editha" by William Dean Howells and the poem "Reconciliation" by Walt Whitman are part of a true "national literature." They are both told in a way that only we as Americans could ever understand. They speak of war in all of its glory, and they speak of all of the pain left behind. "Editha" is a story about a woman who loves her country so much that she would be willing to give up anyone who does not feel as she does. Her fiancé George was not

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    Editha, by William Dean Howells

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    William Dean Howells was an advocate of realism in writing; he believed that literary art should reflect the reality of the common man and demonstrate the truth of everyday current issues. He believed in truthful writing and he accepted very little at face value. He practiced this belief in his own writing, and his story called “Editha” is a good example of this. In this ironic tragedy, W.D. Howells shows the truth and nature of war. He uses a combination of metaphoric characters, irony, and the

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    The Story Editha by William Dean Howells

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    In order to better interpret a piece of literature you have to get the background information first. Through the biography and the historical context it helped me come up with an in depth analysis of the story i researched.William Dean Howells is just one of the great practitioner of realism. While reading on Howell's reason for realism i came acrossed that Howell's belief of idealism is stupidity. With him saying,"a false sentiment and the complete opposite of common sense." He knew that realism

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    The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells In the novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells makes a particular point about the morals of an individual in the business world. His point is that an individual, such as Silas, must check their morals at the door if they have any plans to make it in the business world. The novel has always been popular, partly because it presents Lapham's financial and social failure as "consciously and deliberately chosen" when he has to decide

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    On Writing in America: The Politics, Criticism, and Fiction of William Dean Howells Upon hearing of an event which has become known as "The Haymarket Incident," a violent outbreak that involved strikers at the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company on May 4, 1886, William Dean Howells felt provoked to respond.1 Whatever personal motives this highly publicized incident sparked in Howells, who was successful novelist and influential critic of the literature and social issues of his time, the strike

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    Classic

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    people of the past and future. William Dean Howells, an American realist, used his writing to depict the issues that many common Americans dealt with during his time period. The Rise of Silas Lapham tells the story of Mr. Lapham; a man who by ambition and motivation was able to rise to success with his paint company business; only to have this business crumbles before him practically overnight. Implementing realism through a series of ironic dramatizations, Howells was successfully able to depict

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    Rebellion: Noble or Immature?

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    selfish, unpretentious desires. Rebellion is not only synonymous with independence and brilliance; it is also linked to immaturity and ignorance. This is evident in “Editha” by William Dean Howells, John Updike’s “A&P,” Ovid’s piece, “Metamorphosis,” and “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas. In “Editha,” Howells uses exceptional imagery in order to tell the tale of an ordinary young couple. Editha, a bold, demanding, and stubborn woman, wants her fiancé, George, to fight in the Spanish-American

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    A Brief History of Mark Twain

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    09 May 2014. . PBS. “1890s - 1920s Naturalism” The American Novel. Web. 10 May 2014. . PBS. “Mark Twain: Chronology” R. Kent Rasmussen’s Mark Twain A to Z. Web. 09 May 2014. . "Mark Twain Quote." BrainyQuote. Xplore. Web. 15 May 2014. . Howells, William Dean. “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company. Web. 13 May 2014. .

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    change in heart

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    In the novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham, by William Dean Howells, the character of Silas Lapham is a very wealthy man. He gains his wealth by finding a new paint source in his own yard. He then becomes very wealthy from his new discovery and obtains more money than he can deal with. Along with the money Silas gains a sense of self pride, which comes with being rich. Due to his pride, Silas becomes selfish and conceited, as if he rules the world. He spends his money ruthlessly on things just because

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    Editha

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    "Are you serious?" Most people would not want to see the person they love go off to a place where they could possibly die. In William Dean Howells' short story, "Editha", however, the main character is an unusual woman, Editha, who has her own perfect ideals and pushes them on her lover, George, to ask him to fight in the Spanish-American War. In the story Howells not only brought his anti-war message about the dangers of war but also satirized the United States' governments that have foolish

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