Regn Espere (regn_espere) wrote in english_majors,
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Realism

In American Realism is it fair to say that a single character can be representative of a collective group? So a female character representative of a "typical female" during that time period? Or a African American character representative of "all slaves" during the 17th Century?

I've asked my professor, but he keeps swimming around the answer. Is that part of realism, that a character can represent a whole?
One of the notes he gave us that all of my fellow classmate-friends are confused about as well is "Characters appear in their real complexity of temperament and motive; they are in explicable relation to nature, to each other, to their social class, to their own past."
So I feel like that is saying No to my question and then Yes.
Thoughts?
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