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Mark Twain - How Does Mark Twain Represent Realism in His Writing?

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Question: Mark Twain - How Does Mark Twain Represent Realism in His Writing?

How does Mark Twain represent Realism (or Realistic elements) in his writing? How does he fit into the Realistic Period in American literature (1865-1900)?

Answer: Like other writers from the Realistic Period, Mark Twain represented life in a realistic manner. His style was humorous and descriptive, capturing the colloquial voice of American speech with slang and iconoclasm.

Example of Mark Twain's Realism: Huckleberry Finn

Huckleberry Finn is one of the most prominent representations of Mark Twain's Realism. Huckleberry Finn is an abused and neglected 13-year-old boy, whose father is a mean drunk in St. Petersburg, Missouri. We see the world from Huck's point of view as he attempts to decipher the world around him. Along the way, Mark Twain explodes social conventions and depicts the hypocrisy of "civilized" society.

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