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Literature and social reality paper

During this period the American society was being pushed and pulled in different directions by a variety of social forces and trends. These forces and trends are reflected in period literature in many ways. Select one of the period's defining themes and write a 1,050 to 1,400-word paper exploring how your selected theme reflects the period in literature. You may discuss the political issues addressed, how the world is described, how dialect is portrayed, the topics of the works, the literary forms used by the writer or writers analyzed, how the written literature reflects, resists, and comments on oral traditions, or any other issues or patterns you see as significant. (One such option is to examine the tension between Realism and Romanticism in period literature.)

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You should not let this type of assignment intimidate you as there's nothing to be intimidated about really. As I'm reviewing the assignment prompt, the first sentence to take notice is the following: These forces and trends are reflected in period literature in many ways. If you don't understand what "period literature" means----it simply means, periods like "Renaissance" lit, "Medieval" lit, "Romantic" lit, Modernism/Post-Modernism and/or Contemporary Literature. (You might want to check the Internet on these different types of literature first to start with.)

The next sentence to take notice of is the following: Select one of the period's defining themes and write a 1,050 to 1,400-word paper exploring how your selected theme reflects the period in literature. (The key words from this sentence are: defining themes as well as the period in literature which you will have selected.)

Your professor has actually given several examples to you in the following sentence after the previous one: You may discuss the political issues addressed, how the world is described, how dialect is portrayed, the topics of the works, the literary forms used by the writer or writers analyzed, how the written literature reflects, resists, and comments on oral traditions, or any other issues or patterns you see as significant.

Given examples of what to write about are: political issues, how the world is described (through the lit that you'll ...

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