Literary Realism and Poverty Book Review by Quality Writers

Literary Realism and Poverty
An analysis of the literary realism in Hamlin Garland's short story 'Under the Lion's Paw" from his book, "Main Travelled Roads" and Theodore Dreiser's work, "Sister Carrie".
# 102669 | 733 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2008 in English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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The paper examines Chapter XLV of Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" and describes the literary realism that depicts how the character of Hurstwood must survive the grim reality of poverty in the city. The paper also looks at Hamlin Garland's short story "Under The Lion's Paw" from his work "Main Travelled Roads", which uses literary realism to reveal the grim reality of farm life.

From the Paper:

"The first reason why literary realism exists in the work of garland's "Under the Lion's Paw" is the way that he defines the life of farmer's, and the often brutal conditions that they must work within as poor workers of the land. The reality of the farmer's life is apparent in Mrs. Council's narrative:
""Yes, I do my own work," Mrs. Council was heard to say in the pause which followed. "I'm getting purty heavy t' be on m'laigs all day, but we can't afford t'hire (Garland, p.491)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics). New York: Barnes &Amp; Noble Classics, 2005.
  • Garland, Hamlin. Main-Travelled Roads. Little Books Of Wisdom: Book Jungle, 2007.

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