The nineteenth-century Realist novel: particulars
in Beginning realism
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This chapter discusses some features that the nineteenth-century Realist novel exhibits and which underpin the Realist aesthetic. The first, and one of the most important aspects, is plausibility. The chapter looks at plot, a particularly tricky issue in discussion of Realism as well as causality, time, and endings of Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son as an example of plausibility. Other characteristics of the Realist novel discussed are narrative point of view, sympathy, empathy, subject matter, and proportion underpinning realist writing. STOP and THINK sections in the chapter help readers to think about the representation of the Realist novel and the validity of some of assertions related to Realism.


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