Realism has been defined many different ways; however the definition I believe to be the best is realism is the faithful representation of reality. Realism illustrates reality closely and in elaborate detail. In realism characters tend to be related to nature, to each other, to their social class and to their own past. That is the main reason I chose the above picture of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn because of the realism Mr. Twain illustrates throughout the story. Mark Twain creates the character Huckleberry Finn in the story. He portrays Huckleberry Finn as a young boy who has been beaten, ignored, and disregarded as a person, and whose father happens to be a drunk. Instantly, as you learn about Huckleberry Finn and his life you cannot help but imagine someone you know that is just like him. That is the realism Mark Twain illustrates throughout the story. The realism period as we know was from 1860-1890. During this time some of the most tragic things happened in the brief history of the United States, including the Civil War. The use of Realism helped depict what was actually occurring during the war showing how tragic it actually was. Realism also showed during the time after the war, all of the devastation that occurred to cities, and people’s homes and their lives without family members. From there realism blossomed into the literature aspects that I wrote about above, with authors such as: Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Rebecka Harding Davis, and many more.