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Realism is the depiction of life as most people live and know it Regionalism is a characteristic of Realism that portrays the customs habits and characteristics of a particular place Part of regionalism is local color Local color is defined as a particular example of regional characteristics Local color can be shown in a particular dialect dress and occupations In Realism life is depicted as most people live and know it Local color helps the true appearance of a place seem more believable to a reader To better understand local color one must first understand the three most important traits of it dialect dress and occupations Three good examples of local color and regionalism are found in The Outcasts of Poker Flat The Red Badge Of Courage And in A Mystery of Heroism The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a short story by Bret Harte about a western town that has banished a group of improper persons Local color is first shown in the beginning of the story when Harte talks about the people to be banished Harte described the group using familiar western types The Duchess another who had won the title of Mother Shipton and Uncle Billy a suspected sluice robber and confirmed drunkard 395 The use of local is shown as Harte describes the persons occupations and appearance Bret Harte also uses local color in the dialogue that he gives to his characters As Mr Oakhurst returns to the group he speaks in a particular dialect Is this yer a dd picnic 397 This dialogue is an example of local color because it portrays the way that people actually talked The Outcasts of Poker Flat shows local color by describing peoples occupations and the use of a southern type dialect The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Crane that tells the life of a young soldier during the Civil War Crane uses regionalism to describe the setting
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