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Romanticism and Realism in The Luck of Roaring Camp In Bret Hartes story The Luck of Roaring Camp elements of romanticism and realism are used When Harte wrote the story romanticism was on its way out while realism was just starting to come into its own Romanticism is used in many sections of the story for instance the setting of Roaring Camp is romantic It is a place of adventure and tall tales where men on the run from the law can go to escape the attentions of corrupt sheriffs One could imagine it as a camp of Robin Hood and his Merry Men Another romantic part of the story is that it is set in the wilderness of the Californian backcountry Almost all romantics stress a return to nature and Roaring Camp is a prime example the men have not only returned to nature they make their living off of one of natures most precious resources gold The men in the story are much more earthy than those of the Great Awakening Romanticism is even present at the end of the story when Kentuck gives his life to try and save The Luck While it may appear that this is an example of realism since Luck dies it can also be interpreted in a romantic viewpoint much in the way of a captain going down with his ship Kentuck dies but he leaves the world knowing he will be going to a better place Realism also plays a major role in the story The Lucks mother Cherokee Sal is a prostitute If this had been a pure romantic she would have been a damsel in distress or a princess She also certainly would certainly never have a child out of wedlock The men in the town are brutes and ruffians who are almost all on the run from the law for some crime or another They are a rude assortment of
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