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How can "Fight" be considered a naturalistic story in terms of the definitive characteristics of Naturalism?

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Some of the characteristics that define Naturalism in literature are

  • the power and indifference of nature;
  • the determining quality of heredity and environment;
  • the elimination of any option of free will.

The forceful influence of society intervenes in naturalistic stories to the extent that

  • society is considered humans' natural habitat, their natural environment,

and environment is one of the two forcefully influencing factors on human behavior and psychology; the other, as stated, is heredity.

All of these characteristics are present in Steinbeck's "Flight ." Pepe's struggle to survive in nature despite injuries and pursuit clearly illustrates the definitive characteristic of the power and indifference...

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