LC English Lab

Wild Purity – Nature over Industry

     In AP this semester, we will distinguishe between Realism (seeing the facts as they are), Romanticism (making something plain into something mystical), and Idealism (seeing everything in its best possible light).  These are valuable terms to the AP writer — learn them and use them!

     Not long after the Industrial Revolution in Europe, a group of city-confined writers/philosophers came along who popularized the notion of Pre-Civilized Man. “What was man like,” they asked, “absent of industrialization and civilization?”  At the same time, world exploration was exploding, and with it came stories of these native, pre-civilized people — untainted by the things that made us all so greedy, lustful, and materialistic.  These writers coined the phrase “Noble Savage” to embody this Romantic notion of perfection.

     In the United States, however, these exotic people were not abstractions; they were our neighbors.  As the relationship between settlers and Native Americans altered, Romanticism quickly gave way to Realism.   In the poem Song of Hiawatha, Longfellow paints a picture, but is it Realism, Idealism, or Romanticism? For this answer, use Device #7, Procotalepsis (all caps) to frame both sides of the discussion. 

     Hint: any question dealing with abstractions (ideas, not things) are asking you about Theme and Tone.  When you deal with ideas, use concrete evidence to point out the abstractions (ideas)  

Note: this is an Argument Question; you want to use the They Say/I Say Method the Argumentative Models — in one paragraph, not a whole paper.