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What were the main features of the theatre of Realism?

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sharief78 | Student, Undergraduate

Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:47 PM via web

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What were the main features of the theatre of Realism?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM (Answer #1)

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Realism was a movement which defined life as it really was. These authors/artists desired to show life as realistically as possible. Their settings were realistic in nature (not imagined or considered fake), their characters could be imagined as those who could really exist, and the problems depicted were problems everyday people would, could and have faced.

Therefore, playwrights who wrote from a Realist perspective were those who created true to life characters, settings, conflicts, and stagings. For example, playwrights such as Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams and George Bernard Shaw show life as it really was for the period. Their characters were "real" and their actions were seen as things which actually happen in the real world.

Examples of Realistic plays (by the above playwrights) are "A Doll's House," "A Streetcar Named Desire," and "Pygmalion."

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