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How is the poem 'Sadie and Maud' by Gwendolyn Brooks synonymous to Realism, Naturalism and Modernism?

  • African American Lit -

    First of all, tell us what you know about Realism

    and Naturalism

    and Modernism.

    You have to be very clear on what those terms mean before you can make inferences.

  • African American Lit -

    For what I am trying to understand I am using these definitions:
    Realism- a faithful reproduction of reality and promotes awareness
    Naturalism- a harsher treatment of reality and realism
    Modernism- connecting realism and naturalism to today.

  • African American Lit -

    Pretty good.

    Read these, too -- a paragraph or so in each:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Realism#Realism_in_the_arts
    and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naturalism_(literature)
    and
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernism#Modernism:_1930.E2.80.931945

    Then ...

    Tell me what lines in the poem best illustrate each of those 3 trends.

  • African American Lit -

    Would the last stanza be an example of Naturalism?

    "Maud, who went to college,
    Is a thin brown mouse.
    She is living all alone
    In this old house."

  • African American Lit -

    Yes, I agree.
    "...detailed realism to suggest that social conditions, heredity, and environment had inescapable force in shaping human character."

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