HUM 112 Realism in the U.S.

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Discussion 2: Realism in the U.S.

  • During the mid-1800s, slave narratives became an important literary forum for abolitionists. The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave was written in first person, while the Narrative of Sojourner Truth was in third person. Explain what effect these two different points of view might have on a 19th century reading audience in communicating the authors’ purposes.
  • Both Frederick Douglass’ autobiographical Narrative and Mark Twain’s fictional Adventures of Huckleberry Finn were written in opposition to slavery. Compare the passages of these two male authors and describe any similarities and/or differences you see in the tone and style of the two authors.  You must indicate the similarities and differences.
  • Both Sojourner Truth’s autobiographical Narrative and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s fictional Uncle Tom’s Cabin were written in opposition to slavery. Compare the passages of these two female authors and describe any similarities and/or differences you see in the tone and style of the two authors’ works. You must indicate the similarities and differences.

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