In Kurt Vonnegut’s short stories, romanticism is a major element of “long walk to forever”. A man who left the military AWOL seeks the love of his life Catharine who is about to get married with another man. As he meets her, she tells him that she doesn’t expect herself to be in a relationship with him since she already has someone in her life. Romanticism here falls in the story because now there is a lot of mystery on what is bound to happen next since Newt who left the military now wants to have a long walk and talk with her.
Realism is also a part of the story because this is actually what happens. The soldier comes from the military to seek the love of his life. The author does an excellent job of portraying two contrasting elements in the story.
On page 58, Newt asks her to marry him, she replies by denying his offer at first, but as he walks away and looks back, she runs back to him and wants to be with him. This is a major sign of romanticism because the story is an extremely predictable piece of fantasy and not realistic of a woman such as Catherine to do what she has done. A man comes back hoping to get the love of his life, struggles and hits some bumps, but in the end, the two main characters are together happily.
In contrast to Kate Chopin’s La Belle Zoraide, La Belle Zoraide did not get to marry the man that she wanted to at the end of the story. La belle Zoraide lacks romanticism in the story because it talks about reality especially amongst the time of slavery where there was a lot of tension. She got her kid taken away from her and did not get what she wanted. The ending turned out to be very sad and disappointing, but this signifies realism because it shows what actually can happen even if it’s a bad thing. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Long walk to Forever”, the ending was very fantasy ridden and turned out to be a very unrealistic happy ending.