How is realism shown in "Seventeen"?
William Saroyan's short story "Seventeen" reveals the following elements of Realism are in bold.
Characters resemble ordinary people: Sam Wolinsky is a realistic teen with problems. He's obsessed with sex, angry, disillusioned, confused.
Plot is developed with ordinary events and circumstances: Sammy wanders the streets of Chinatown, looking for a prostitute, sleeps with her, and then goes home, disappointed in his first sexual experience.
Ending might be unhappy: Sammy cries in his room, much to the delight of his parents, who are glad he finally shows human emotions. They are happy that he releases his pent-up fear.
Writer uses ordinary speech and dialect -- common vernacular (the everyday language spoken by a people): Sammy rarely speaks, typical of a teen. He mutters, "I want...," which reveals his fear and confusion.