Realism In The American Girl

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1. INTRODUCTION

“Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over.
Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.
And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads.” (Gilman, 1997, pp. 92-93)
Realism start ground much in the nineteenth century, where many writers start writing to determine the freedom of women. Among famous writers in that time were Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who was part of William Dean Howells’s writing “The American Girl” created to help the European literature introduce this idea. “Realism was not merely a literary technique: It was a way of speaking truth and exploding worn-out conventions” Kathryn VanSpanckeren claims in Outline of American Literature. When realism and naturalism where supported in America, Kate Chopin was known as one of most influential in the years. (VanSpanckeren, 47). Chopin and Gilman were being heroes for women in that time by showing in different writing that they did. In time were female does not consider as a being they raised their voice and show females feeling. Chopin in “The Story of an Hour” show how male dominate protagonist live in silence way, which make her feel oppressed and dominate by her husband. She also
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