Our editors remind us that “realists tend to emphasize the role of individual choice or volition, while naturalists emphasize the ways in which human behavior is determined by biological, economic, and environmental forces, both social and natural” and often applied Darwin’s natural law describing “survival of the fittest” in their plots. They assert, “Rather than a source of solace of a spiritual resource, naturalists view ‘nature’ as an indifferent backdrop for the struggles and strivings of human beings . . . naturalists were also determined to depict experiences and explore places that had for the most part remained outside the boundaries of realism” (38). Choose two of the following stories and describe how you see naturalism shaping the story’s plot and setting: “The Open Boat” (p. 336), “The Law of Life” (p. 390), and “Life among the Piutes” (p. 415).
Stories download link: 1.https://utexas.box.com/shared/static/k9pkoi20ybzju0xq8v25muckb80ieo90.pdf