What are some examples of literary realism in "The Story of an Hour"?
Literary realism is a movement which began in France and eventually came to America as a response to the romantic era in which characters, settings, and plots were all rather idealized and "pretty" in some way. "The Story of an Hour" is a perfect of example of this literary style. The primary tenets of realism are fairly simple: concentrate more on characters than plot, write about everyday people (the common man), and include onlyrealistic (rather than the more contrived or artistic) elements of the story. I've included a good eNotes overview on this movement, below.
This story is very much in keeping with the principles of realism. First, the story is about a common, ordinary married woman. Typical of nearly all women of this time, Mrs. Mallard is simply an extension of her husband rather than an equal partner. She has loved her husband at times, and he has never been intentionally cruel to her; however, she has not had the freedom to choose since she's been married...
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