Short Story Writing Assignment: Realism in Fiction;Introduction to Literature Short Story Writing Assignment: Realism in Fiction Choose one of the stories we have read for class from the following list: “The Story of An Hour” “Cathedral” “The Gift of

Introduction to Literature Short Story Writing Assignment: Realism in Fiction Choose one of the stories we have read for class from the following list: “The Story of An Hour” “Cathedral” “The Gift of the Magi” “A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings” “The New Dress” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” “The Things They Carried” In a two-page journal response, explain how this story expresses the idea of “realism” through the author’s style of writing, the characters, the setting, the events, and the language (choice of diction). When describing the idea of “realism,” use one of the following statements to help you define how the author approaches realism in his or her story: Realism in short fiction can be seen in the use of ordinary and/or extraordinary events. For example: In “A Very Old Man,” Gabriel Garcia Marquez uses magical realism to create interest in the ordinary and extraordinary behavior of his characters. Realism in short fiction can be seen in the simplicity of the events, often focusing on one main event throughout the story. For example: In “The Gift of the Magi,” the story centers around one main event where the two main characters choose to give each other a Christmas gift of self-sacrifice. Realism in short fiction can be seen as an escape from reality. For example: In “The Story of An Hour,” the main character escapes from reality when she is misled to think that her husband has been killed in a railroad disaster. Realism in short fiction can be seen in ordinary activities and the routine of daily life. For example: In “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver tells the story of a husband and wife in the most ordinary of settings. Complete your journal with a minimum of 500 words in a well-developed paragraph form using direct quotes from the story. Post your journal to Discussion Board under the forum Realism in Short Fiction. Then, respond to at least three of your classmates’ postings.