During the period of 1865 to 1912, American society was being pushed and pulled by a variety of social forces and trends. These forces and trends are reflected in the literature of the period in many ways. They influenced the writings of the major authors, who often commented on them directly. Major literary movements such as realism and naturalism actively theorized about how best to represent these social changes in literature.
Write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you do the following: Analyze one or more of the social forces shaping literature in this period. Describe the major literary movements of the period.
Explain how realism and naturalism influenced the literature of the period and how they responded to your selected social forces. Illustrate your points using examples from at least three of the period's major writers and their major works. Reference the selections from your textbook. You are not required to use outside sources
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