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Essay One

Definitions of Naturalism: Characters are low social/economic classes Dominated by environment Dominated by heredity Portrayed women and men overwhelmed by the blind forces of nature Frank treatment of human passion/sexuality Descriptions of the downtrodden and abnormal. Ones destiny is decided by heredity and environment, physical drives, and economic circumstances. People have no control over events. Pessimistic writers. Which definition fits The Open Boat? Dominated by environment Low social/economic classes Ones destiny is decided by physical drives. Which definition fits To Build A Fire? A man at the mercy of the brutal forces of nature.

What are the forces controlling the characters in The Open Boat? The waves

The storm Wind Birds

Give five detailed summaries of events where those forces control the characters. When a bird lands on the captains head, and he cannot shake it off for fear of capsizing the boat.

What are the forces controlling the characters in To Build A Fire? The Cold The Snow Lack of Sun The Wind The Dog The Ice/Water underneath

Give five detailed summaries of events where those forces control the characters.

Give one character similarity between the Oiler in The Open Boat and the man in To Build A fire. They both went alone, abandoning the idea of having a partner, and died doing so.

Give two examples, one from each story, proving this similarity. When the oiler leaves the ship and swims hard for shore, he dies. When the man goes out into the wilderness alone, he dies.

Essay Two
Give three definitions of Realism: There are no miracles. Dealt with characters like factory workers, bosses, politicans, etc. Presents a careful description of everyday life. The ordinary, familiar, mundane aspects of life are presented in a straightforward matter of fact manner. Reflects life as it actually is.

Give three detailed summaries from The Outcasts of Poker Flat to prove it is an example of realism.

Give three detailed summaries from Editha to prove it is an example of realism.

Give three definitions of Naturalism: Characters are low social/economic classes

Dominated by environment Dominated by heredity Portrayed women and men overwhelmed by the blind forces of nature Frank treatment of human passion/sexuality Descriptions of the downtrodden and abnormal. Ones destiny is decided by heredity and environment, physical drives, and economic circumstances. People have no control over events. Pessimistic writers.

State which force/forces influence the characters in The Outcasts of Poker Flat using three detailed summaries to prove they are examples of naturalism. Snow Wind

State which force/forces influence the characters in Editha using three detailed summaries to prove they are examples of naturalism.