February 25, 2007

Murfin and Ray: Realism

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

"Realism: "(1) ...a term that can be applied to the accurate depiction in any literary work of the everyday life of a place or period...it usually refers more specifically to a writer's accuracy in portraying the speech and behavior of a character or characters from a low socioeconomic class" (Murfin and Ray 398).

Why a low socioeconomic class? Is there a reason why a someone who is more likely to be in poverty knows reality more? I can understand why that is effective, and one could argue that Shakespeare's literature is very realistic because of the role of the fool understanding the meaning behind each and every one of the characters. Notice that it is not the rich king who knows all of the information, but rather, the fool who is usually a part of the scene, but as someone who is not wealthy by any means. I think that I just found the realism in Shakespeare. To use improper English: "Ain't that something?"

Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 25, 2007 8:52 PM
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