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Geroge Eliot: A Look Into the Victorian Era - ... At eleven she attended a school for older girls that was ran by Mrs. Wallington at the Elms. This is where Mary Ann met Maria Lewis who was a governess and took immediate interest in this shy nine year old girl. Mary Ann was a brilliant student and took an interest in reading at a young age. Many Ann started to write poetry and fictions, she was admired for her skills at writing. Her father has encouraged her education due to the fact that her odd looks would keep her as a spinster. She furthered her education at the Franklin school....   [tags: English Literature ]
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“How Do I Love Thee?” Understanding the Victorian Era Through Browning and Stickney Ellis - The Victorian Era in English history was a period of rapid change. One would be hard-pressed to find an aspect of English life in the 19th century that wasn’t subject to some turmoil. Industrialization was transforming the citizens into a working class population and as a result, it was creating new urban societies centered on the factories. Great Britain enjoyed a time of peace and prosperity at home and thus was extending its global reach in an era of New Imperialism. Even in the home, the long held beliefs were coming into conflict....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Christina Rossetti: A Woman of Duality - ... Christina Rossetti was not content with her life and rather than striving for a better life, she struggled with depression and wanted awaited her death with open arms. “She once bit back at her contemporary Browning. Saying that Browning would have been a better poet had she been less contended and ‘happy’; a euphemism for being married (Wiseman 1-2).” Christina Rossetti was spiteful not because of a lack of attention from suitors, having turned down three marriage proposals by two different men between her late teens and late thirties, but because she could never find a man who fit her standards....   [tags: Authors]
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"The Age of Innocence" - Women's Struggle With Victorian Dogma - Unlike Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Kästner’s Fabian, Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winning work, The Age of Innocence (1920) is not set after World War I. In fact, her work is set prior to it at the turn of the century. She describes Old New York from late 19th and early 20th century in great detail, “New York society and customs…are described with an accuracy that is almost uncanny: to read these pages is to live again.” She also looks at the upper class, instead of middle and lower class society with its dance halls of debauchery and improper solicitations....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 807 words
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Portrayal of the Victorian Era in Great Expectations - Written during the Victorian Era (1850-1900) Charles Dickens's Great Expectations has echoes of Victorian Morality all throughout the novel. When looked up in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, morality is defined as "the evaluation of or means of evaluating human conduct as a set of ideas of right and wrong and as a set of customs of a given society, class, or social groups which regulate relationships and prescribes modes of behavior to enhance the groups survival." Although the Victorian Era occurred over one hundred years ago, the given definition is clearly portrayed through the use of several morally different characters....   [tags: European Literature] 1178 words
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The Essential Role of Servants in the Victorian Family - The Essential Role of Servants in the Victorian Family   I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing. I abandoned it and framed a humbler supplication; for change, stimulus: that petition too seemed swept off into vague space; "Then" I cried, half desperate, "Grant me at least a new servitude." ( Bronte 93; ch. 10) Jane was not approaching any new territory when she wanted a new servitude. In fact 12.8 percent of the female population in England and Wales were engaged in domestic service in the nineteenth century (Horn 24)....   [tags: Jane Eyre]
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Industry, Science, and Women in Victorian England - Industry, Science, and Women in Victorian England In The Stone Book: The Mosaic Record of Creation, Thomas Cooper expressed the opinion of many Victorians, claiming that our brave and revered forefathers, who, if they could rise from their ashes and look about them in this their native England, as it is at present, would feel sorrow, instead of joy, mingled with their surprise (Cooper). Although such sentiments are not confined to any single generation, the desire to return to simpler, bygone times is particularly understandable in regard to Victorian England....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Comparing Victorian and Twentieth Century Literature - Comparing Victorian and Twentieth Century Literature Even though certain works are designated to certain periods in time, many works from say, the Victorian period have similar controlling images when compared to works from the Twentieth century. Each writer presents an image that is repeatedly used throughout the work. The same image is used in each work even though they were written during different periods in time. Sometimes, even the location of the image, where it was placed in the text, helps to develop the image within the work....   [tags: Papers] 719 words
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The Life of Infants and Children in Victorian London - The Life of Infants and Children in Victorian London Home Life   Victorian homes offered children a large network of various caregivers built in to the family structure. Each married couple had an average of six children, but the average household was considerably larger. Rarely would one find the nuclear family living alone. Only thirty-six per cent of families consisted simply of a set of parents and their children. Extended families were also rare. Only 10 per cent of families had three or more generations under one roof....   [tags: European Europe History]
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The Themes of Love in Romantic and Victorian Poetry - The Themes of Love in Romantic and Victorian Poetry Within this essay I shall be comparing the themes of love used in ‘Red, Red Rose’ by Robert Burns, ‘Remember’ by Christina Rossetti, ‘So We’ll Go No More A-Roving’ by Lord Bryon, ‘Sonnet XVIII’ by William Shakespeare and ‘Sonnets from the Portuguese XLIII’ by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. To do this I will analyse the different themes of love portrayed by each poet, how the love is declared and explore the ways in which language is used and what effect this has on the reader....   [tags: Papers] 891 words
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The Life of the Governess Rebecca Sharp - The Life of the Governess Vanity Fair Sets the Stage “If Miss Rebecca Sharp had determined in her heart upon making the conquest of this big beau, I don't think, ladies, we have any right to blame her…” (Thackery 27). The narrator of Vanity Fair encourages readers not to blame Rebecca Sharp for being determined to win Joseph Sedley's attentions and proposal in only ten days. After all, the narrator reminds us that she was motherless, and thus had no one to help her secure a husband. Yet, members of Vanity Fair rebuke Miss Sharp for her assertive efforts....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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19th Century Women - Missing Works Cited Purpose Statement: This paper will outline the role of women in society during the Victorian Era and present some real life examples from the Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey of 19th century women following their roles and at times having the those roles challenged by the difficulty of the trail. 19th-Century Women Women in the nineteenth century, for the most part, had to follow the common role presented to them by society. This role can be summed up by what historians call the "cult of domesticity"....   [tags: Victorian Era] 1661 words
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Mill, Carlyle and Tennyson on “The Woman Question” - ... He rejects sexual inequality in both domestic and social contexts. He wrote, “That the principal which regulates the existing social relationships between the two sexes—the legal subordination of one sex to another—is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principal of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other.” (http://www.constitution.org/jsm/women.htm) Mill argues that the status of women can be compared to slavery, stating, “Marriage is the only actual bondage known to our law....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Female Characters in Bram Stoker's Dracula Having studied Bram Stoker's Dracula as part of my GCSE English Course, I am going to consider the representation of women in the novel. The three main characters I will study are Mina, Lucy, and the three female vampires (belonging to Dracula). I am going to consider the similarities and differences of each character, and how well they compare to traditional Victorian women. I will support my answers with quotes and evidence. During the early twentieth century, the traditional Victorian ideal would be a lady of leisure....   [tags: Dracula Bram Stoker Victorian Women Essays] 1234 words
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Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre - Victorian Sexuality in Stoker’s Dracula, LeFanu’s Carmilla, and Polidori’s Vampyre Literature is representative of the time in which it is produced. Literature can reflect societal views, attitudes, and fears.Vampire literature, in particular, often represents the fears of a society.In the Victorian Era, a time of intense sexual repression, it was common for vampire stories to reflect the fear of sexuality that was rampant in society. Bram Stoker’s Dracula illustrated fears about sexual women in contrast to the woman who respected and abided by society’s sexual norms....   [tags: Dracula]
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Discovering a Woman's Role in Pride and Prejudice - ... It was not until the late Victorian Movement, that there was a surge in women’s rights. In 1882, the Married Women’s Property Law was passed, identifying a woman’s right to own, buy and sell property. It also obligated that the British courts to recognize a wife and husband as two separate legal entities. However, in the Regency period, women played an inferior and weak role in a society dominated by males. Despite the constrictive nature of the Regency period, Austen’s Pride and Prejudice taught an important lesson to women; that women must make men worthy of their love....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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New Year's Changes in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House - In Victorian England, women were expected to be undoubtedly obedient to their fathers, and later in life, servile to their husbands as well. They were normally forbidden to pursue a real education, and would often “devote themselves to their husbands' happiness” (Roland 10). Throughout history, women have had to make sacrifices for other people's feelings and lives. They have given up their own lives, freedoms, education, and careers due to their concern for others. A concurrent injustice occurs in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House....   [tags: Victorian England, A Doll's House, ]
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Victorian Literature: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - ... The queen mentions the royal messenger is in jail for a crime he did not commit yet. She also feels the pain of a needle from her brooch before she pricks herself (Carroll 94-101). Manners, just like in Victorian society, play an important role in the looking-glass world. The motif of reversal also exaggerates the backwards rules of decorum to emphasize their silliness. For example, when Alice is coronated at the eighth square, the Red and White Queens argue with Alice over proper speech and manners....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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French Lietenants Woman - French Lietenants Woman Existentialism, a philosophy that emphasizes the uniqueness, isolation and freedom upon and individual is a major theme in John Fowles’, The French Lieutenants Woman. Is our life ordained by the superior, or do we power our future. In chapter 13, Fowles interrupts the narration and notes the natural aspects of writing as a novelist, the freedom of the characters that he has created, and the time and structure o f the novel itself. Though awkward to incorporate the authors visions in their own literature, it is manipulated fiction, meta-fiction that is, which perhaps is a subject of major interest amongst the readers of The French Lieutenants Woman....   [tags: essays papers] 436 words
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Mockery of Victorian Values in Hecht's Parody, Dover Beach - Hecht's parody "Dover Bitch" is a mockery of Victorian values shown in "Dover Beach", as well as those of his own period. Hecht candidly exaggerates the speech, ideas and symbols in "Dover Beach.". The first evidence of Hecht's mockery is of speech at the beginning when he writes " There stood Matthew Arnold and his girl......All over, etc., etc.". He take the soft calming words of Arnold and gives them a harsh New Jersey accent. His representation of an educated woman sets the reader up to think that the woman will not sit quietly and be told what to do by her husband....   [tags: Dover Beach] 352 words
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The Woman in Black Review - The Woman in Black Review Upon the arrival in London my anticipation was high. My first impression of the Fortune Theatre was; it was a very old Victorian building, very small and slightly ragged. Upon entering it felt very cramped and made you feel claustrophobic. The atmosphere was eerie due to the old style of the building. This was particularly effective as the play was set in the Victorian period. This made you feel as if you were in the past. Also the narrow staircase and small seating area created effect....   [tags: Drama] 1981 words
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The Impact of Social Class Divisions on the Women of Victorian England - The Impact of Social Class Divisions on the Women of Victorian England Two hundred years ago, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England, the social barriers of the Victorian class system firmly defined the roles of women. The families of Victorian England were divided into four distinct classes: the Nobility or Gentry Class, the Middle Class, the Upper Working Class, and lastly, the Lower Working class . The women of these classes each had their own traditional responsibilities. The specifics of each woman’s role were varied by the status of her family....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Victorian Gothic Literature: Scientific vs. Medieval Thinking - Victorian Gothic Literature: Scientific vs. Medieval Thinking        Creatures of the night have always held a fascination and horror for people in all cultures. The English fascination with sensational and gothic literature came to a peak, after slacking slightly following the Romantic period, in the late Victorian period with such works as Dracula, The Strange Adventures of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Picture of Dorian Gray. The literate populace avidly devoured this type of literature....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]
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The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman - The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman Jane's character changes immensely throughout the course of the novel. In Victorian England, there were distinctive boundaries of social classes and I intend to study Jane's social elevation, from a destitute orphan to that of a beloved wife. When Jane was a child her parents died and she was sent to Mr Reed, her late mother's brother. "my own uncle - my mother's brother in his last moments he had required a promise of Mrs Reed that she would rear and maintain me as one of her own" Her uncle died and she was left with Mrs Reed and her three cousins who all despised her....   [tags: Jane Eyre Feminism Charlotte Bronte Essays] 2160 words
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Embittered Woman in Great Expectations, A Rose for Emily, and Sunset Boulevard - The Embittered Older Woman in Great Expectations, A Rose for Emily, and Sunset Boulevard        The character of the delusional, embittered older woman is prevalent in literature and movies. Since Dickens created the memorable Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, she has evolved with the times into many other well-known characters, including Miss Emily in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard. In each of these incarnations, the woman seeks revenge after a man's betrayal prevents her from meeting society's expectations of women, but finds no peace in her bitterness and ends up becoming a shriveled shell of the person she once was....   [tags: Great Expectations Essays]
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Hard Times Depiction of the Position of Young Women in Victorian England Society - ... Dicken’s doesn’t see women as being below education, as young women within the novel are all educated. The education that they receive at the Gradgrinds household and at the local Choakumchild School is far from ideal because it is too much focused on facts. Louisa, who has “been so well trained” that she is unaccustomed to romantic views. Mr. Gradgrind has ensured that Louisa has been educated to view “everything from the strong dispassionate ground of reason and calculation (Dickens 129). The education and training that Louisa receives removes her of any ability to feel or recognize any emotions....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Exploration of How Males are Presented in Victorian Short Stories - Exploration of How Males are Presented in Victorian Short Stories Charles Dickens was a prominent author who wrote on the historical eighteenth century issues relevant to the Victorian context. He wrote the following short stories and novels, Captain Murderer, Sikes and Nancy and the Great Expectations. In these stories there are three comparable characters that I am going to compare and contrast. These characters are Captain Murderer (from Captain Murderer), Sikes (from Sikes and Nancy) and finally Magwitch (from Great Expectations)....   [tags: Papers] 748 words
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Women and the Poor in Victorian England in Jane Eyre - How does Bronte explore the position of women and the poor in Victorian England throughout her novel Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was Charlotte Bronte’s first successful novel. Published in 1847, Bronte presents us with critique of Victorian assumptions regarding social class and gender. Way ahead of its time, Charlotte Bronte (or publicly none as Currer Bell), caused much commotion critically. In her novel Bronte explores many issues of Victorian society such as women’s stature both generally and amongst poor in the 19th century....   [tags: English Literature] 2308 words
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What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time? - What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time. Charlotte Bronte wrote 'Jane Eyre' in the mid nineteenth century. At this time women were treated as inferior and believed to be less capable then men. In the Victorian age this belief was widely accepted and most women would marry and have children. Women were generally expected to serve men; this meant many ladies were both emotionally and financially dependent on their husbands. The fact that most women abided by these traditional values meant that it was extremely difficult for women to get jobs in the Victorian age....   [tags: English Literature] 2992 words
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Victorian Society's Treatment of the Poor in Oliver Twist - How does Charles Dickens expose Victorian society's awful treatment of the poor. In my essay I am going to talk about the way Charles Dickens uses Oliver Twist to expose the maltreatment of the poor, by analysing the text. In the early 19th century the industrial revolution started (the building of lots of factories and mills) which drew many countryside paupers into the towns. They hoped for a better life and job, but this was seldom the case because conditions were bad and wages were a pittance even if they were lucky enough to be employed....   [tags: English Literature] 2522 words
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Discovering a Woman’s Role in Society in Pride and Prejudice - ... Beneath the glamour of the Regency period, lied a society that relied heavily on its definite social hierarchy and the status of money. A woman from the Regency period had no other option but to find a husband, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortunate must be in want of a wife” (Austen 3). Women were often objectified and treated as a possession rather than a life partner. Moreover, marriage seemed like a business proposition rather than a matter of love and happiness....   [tags: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen] 1217 words
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Woman of the Year: Queen Elizabeth the Second - Woman of the Year: 1953-Queen Elizabeth II From the day she was born, the life of Queen Elizabeth II shows that she deserved to receive the title “Woman of the Year.” She had practical intelligence since she was a kid and she respected peoples opinions. Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926 at the London home of her mother's parents, Lord and Lady Strathmore. She was baptized at Buckingham Palace and named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary five weeks later. Elizabeth's father was Albert, the Duke of York....   [tags: essays research papers] 989 words
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Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life - Profound Duplicity Exhibited by Jekyll as a Reflection of the Victorian Way of Life The Victorian society was filled with many divisions. It consisted of two extremes, the very wealthy and intense poverty. It was these divisions that contributed to the causes behind the life of Henry Jekyll to be split between the two. However, there are many other reasons as to why Jekyll wanted the best of both worlds. Within the Victorian period, there were many successes, including inventions such as the first public railway link between the coal mines of Darlington and the port of Stockton; this was built by an engineer named George Stevenson....   [tags: Papers] 1518 words
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Bram Stokers Dracula: A Struggle to Maintain Victorian Upper and Middle Class - The Victorian men and women conveyed in Bram Stoker's Dracula are pure and virtuous members of the upper and middle class. However, hiding behind this composed and civilized conception of England lies a dark and turbulent underbelly. This underbelly is the lumpenproletariat, whom Karl Marx defined as "the lowest and most degraded section of the proletariat; the ‘down and outs’ who make no contribution to the workers cause". Victorian culture discriminated against these vagrants, who were seen not only as shiftless and immoral, but dangerous as well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The New Woman in Fanu’s Carmilla, Stoker’s Dracula, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer - The New Woman in Fanu’s Carmilla, Stoker’s Dracula, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer The correlation between the vampire, a figure that is usually regarded as the subject of social ostracism, and the New Woman, the advent of which was feared by the majority of the British Victorian patriarchy, was a prominent aspect of much mid-to-late Victorian era literature. Supplementary evidence to support the compelling Victorian era literary connection between the vampire and the New Woman can be extrapolated from the unique gender role standards that defined that socially complex era....   [tags: Buffy Vampire Slayer]
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The Repression of Women in Victorian Society as Shown in 19th Century Literature - The Repression of Women in Victorian Society as Shown in 19th Century Literature 19th century literature reflects to a certain extent, several ways in which women were repressed in Victorian society. They were considered inferior to men, and given a stereotypical image, showing them as gentle, loyal and angelic. They were rejected of any personal opinions or independence, for these were only a man’s privilege. Class and status also affected women of the era....   [tags: Papers] 844 words
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The Treatment of Poor Children in Victorian Britain depicted in Oliver Twist - In this essay I will be writing about how Charles Dickens uses the story Oliver Twist to expose the appalling treatment of poor children in Victorian Britain. Oliver Twist was written in 1837–9, this period in Britain history was known as the Victorian period. Life in Britain was changing a lot at this time, more and more people were moving to the city due to the Industrial Revolution. Most of the people, who were moving to the city, were living in the country. There were a lot of negative effects of lots of people moving to the city, it was getting really overcrowded and there was a lack of housing....   [tags: English Literature] 1565 words
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The Influences of Harsh Victorian Upbringing on Jane Eyre's Character and Development - The Influences of Harsh Victorian Upbringing on Jane Eyre's Character and Development Jane's early life experiences have a lasting effect on her developing personality and beliefs. Charlotte Brontë first introduces Jane as a vulnerable ten year old, orphaned girl who is pushed around and disrespected. This changes drastically during the course of the novel and ends with Jane being a happy, independent and respected woman. Jane Eyre is an autobiographical novel thought to reflect Charlotte Brontë's life, written by an adult but from a child's perspective....   [tags: Papers] 1337 words
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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - The novel ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ was written by Robert Louis Stevenson in the Victorian era, which had a very different culture from today. The book was first published in 1886 in England and it brought success to the author. The Victorians had strict moral codes to live under as middle class people and had to be well respected to be considered as a good person. The character’s reputation emerges throughout the novel as an essential tool to success in the society of the era. Another Victorian value expected of them was to live a life without any sin and to obey the Bible as literalists....   [tags: Robert Luis Stevenson Victorian Era] 2938 words
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Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House - Societal Views of Women in the Victorian Era in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, creates a peephole into the lives of a family in the Victorian Era. The play portrays a female viewpoint in a male-dominated society. The values of the society are described using the actions of a woman, Nora, who rebels against the injustices inflicted upon her gender. Women’s equality with men was not recognized by society in the late 1800’s. Rather, a woman was considered a doll, a child, and a servant....   [tags: Dolls House essays]
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An Artist in her Way: Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen - Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) was a prolific writer. She published almost 100 novels as well as biographies, art criticism, travel writing, historical sketches, and over two hundred articlesfor periodicals like Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine andThe Cornhill Magazine, yet her ambivalence about representing herself as a serious artist in her Autobiography provides Oliphant aficionados with grist for speculation and conjecture: did Oliphant even think of herself as an artist....   [tags: Margaret Oliphant Kirsteen Essays]
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A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and An Ode Popular Superstitions of Highlands of Scotland - Comparing Unification in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland        In A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft seeks to abolish repressive, orthodox conventions. She endeavors to abate manners that lacerate our society, that elevate man above woman, that prohibit equal exchange between the sexes. This unequal system of gender roles forms the basis of her argument. Wollstonecraft claims that civilization will not progress while half its population is subjugated....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Role of Women in Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre represents the role of women in the Victorian era by giving the reader an insight into the lives of women from all social classes. Jane Eyre therefore represents figures of the Victorian time yet the character of Jane Eyre, herself, can be seen as very unconventional for the Victorian society. England, in the eighteenth century, was driven by class distinction and wealth. In the lower class there was always a desperate struggle to survive which contrasted to the life led by the upper class, socializing with people like themselves....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Woman Female Jane Eyre] 1506 words
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The Ways in Which Narrative Perspectives Vary in The French Lieutenant's Woman and Hawksmoor - The Ways in Which Narrative Perspectives Vary in The French Lieutenant's Woman and Hawksmoor Although there are many different perspectives taken in the two novels that shape the overall theme of each plot, comparisons can be drawn between them to show that they share a few fundamental similarities in the way that the authors present their narrative. By looking at the this presentation, it is possible to extract that the authors share common ground in the role that they take in the novel, the post-modernist way they seem to perceive their own role as a novelist and their perspectives on the theme of time in a novel....   [tags: Papers] 3932 words
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The Woman as Muse and Begetter: Susan Barton’s “anxiety of authorship” in J.M. Coetzee’s Foe - ... In Foe, Susan Barton attempts to write her story while her hired writer, Foe, is absent, but constantly encounters difficulty. One contributor to Barton’s inability to write her story is her own disbelief that she is capable of doing so, which is exactly Gilbert and Gubar’s “anxiety of authorship.” Barton actually writes a short history of her time on the island which she sends to Foe, but writes to him, “‘it is a sorry, limping affair…but you will know how to set it right’” (Coetzee 47). That Barton believes herself incapable of writing well most likely stems from the patriarchal society in which she lives....   [tags: Literature Patriarchy]
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Victorian Weddings - Victorian Weddings Like every aspect in Victorian society, great expectations were placed upon weddings. In fact, during this time frame, several guidebooks for weddings were referred to, one of these books was “Our Deportment: On the Manners and Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society” by John H. Young. Many traditions regarding weddings first took place during the Victorian Age and are still followed today. The Bride The Victorian bride was expected to follow many guidelines concerning her wedding....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Victorian Language - Victorian Language The fact of the matter: “Nobody speaks at all like the characters in any novel, play or film. Life would be intolerable if they did; and novels, plays or films would be intolerable if the characters spoke as people do in life” (Abercrombie 1965). So what was the real way of speech. Fiction was generally thought to be an accurate portrayal of reality; “true life” (Chapman 1). It was unfavorable if it stressed credulity too far. Therefore, fiction is our main source of information; it is our main source to the reality of speech for the Victorians....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Victorian Schoolmistress - Victorian Schoolmistress Education It was preferred that the schoolmistresses were certified, particularly to work in the better schools during the latter half of the 19 th century. To become certified they were tested in grammar, geography, history, math, and writing from dictation. Additionally, their handwriting was analyzed for readability (Jackson). Appearance of Schoolhouse The focus on the appearance of the schoolhouse was mainly limited to the private schoolhouses, which wanted to attract the best students....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Victorian Newspapers - Victorian Newspapers: The Source for Inquiring Minds In William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair, George Sedley Osborne exhibits a desire to have his name appear in the newspapers. Furthermore, he is not the only one in Vanity Fair who is concerned with the newspapers, considering the fact that the words "newspaper" and "newspapers" appear twenty-two times in Thackeray's novel. Still, there is much more to know about Victorian newspapers than Thackeray imparts to his readers. Although George is unsuccessful in getting his name in print, the following information will be successful in illustrating to its readers the when, where, and why of newspapers in the Victorian era....   [tags: Victorian Time Period]
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Inside the Mind of a Victorian Policeman - Devoid of the Domestic: Inside the Mind of a Victorian Policeman “For many early Victorians, policing was a new and low-status occupation. Few men became policeman for positive reasons" (Taylor 49). Construction of the Typical Police Officer Several criteria apply to the Victorian police officer: * Policemen were typically involved in trade and were part of the lower middle class o “In Staffordshire, miners, shoemakers, brickmakers, moulders, puddlers, potters, engine drivers and even a printer joined the force” (Taylor 48)....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Credit and Debt in Victorian England - Credit and Debt in Victorian England The majority of Victorian society’s economic dealings can be summed up in two words: credit and debt. These ominous specters, which seemed to haunt Victorian England, were simultaneously able to evoke feelings of delight and doom in their “victims of vanity”. There were several different factors that contributed to the Victorian’s propensity to abuse their credit, and as a result, fall deeply into debt. In her essay, “A Husband and His Wife’s Dresses”, Erika Rappaport discusses the significant role that gender played in the credit and debt “epidemic” that plagued Victorian society....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Leaders and Businessmen of the Victorian Era - Uneducated Gentlemen: The Leaders and Businessmen of the Victorian Era Changing Intentions of Public Education The public education system in Victorian England was originally intended for the education of the poorer working classes, and the training of clergy (Landow, par. 2). The children of the upper classes were often educated at home by private tutors, and therefore it was assumed the public schools would be a place for members of the lower classes. Despite the original intentions of public education, the schools eventually became a primary means of helping to elevate the status of the middle classes....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Role of Religion in Victorian Life - Role of Religion in Victorian Life Religion throughout history has been a dominating social factor, and in Britain during the nineteenth century, this same religious domination can be seen. The Victorian era was marked by the Church of England which developed such an influence in politics as well as religion that it became difficult to separate the two (Yi 1). The tyrannical power of the church fostered many problems (lack of space, not relating to its people, hypocrisy, etc.) and created an air where a variety of dissenting groups could form and develop (1)....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Pawnbroking in the Victorian Era - Pawnbroking in the Victorian Era Pleasant Riderhood “was an unlicensed pawnbroker, keeping what was popularly called a Leaving Shop, by lending insignificant sums on insignificant articles of property deposited with her as security.” The Leaving Shop was set up by Pleasant’s mother before she died (Dickens 345). Pawning To pawn goods was an easy, legal way to get cash. The shops were maintained to help people hide their hocking habits. Many shops had the entrance at the back of the building (“Pawnbrokers”)....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Working Women in the Victorian Middle-Class - Working Women in the Victorian Middle-Class Charles Dickens’ character Miss Abbey Potterson is “some sixty and odd” years old, obviously unmarried (Miss), and a business owner (she owns a bar). Despite the fact that Victorian middle-class women were supposed to aspire to idleness, a growing number of women were becoming employed in the 19 th century for a number of reasons. The growing number of “redundant” (unmarried, like Miss Potterson) and widowed women were rarely in a position to be ladies of leisure (Hudson)....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Victorian Military: Rising Through the Ranks - Victorian Military: Rising Through the Ranks The British military was involved in some form of combat consecutively from 1837 to 1901. Consequently, military was a vital part of the life of a soldier or a young man looking to join the military profession. In order to join as an officer, a man had to purchase his position. However, those who entered as common soldiers could join for free. These men, however, were seen as the “lowest of the low.” If a man hoped to maintain his status in the military as well as society, he must first purchase his commission....   [tags: Victorian Era]
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Laws, Lawyers, and Punishment in the Victorian Period - Laws, Lawyers, and Punishment in the Victorian Period The Law •At the beginning of the 19th century there were 3 types of law in England: -Common Law: the “law of the land”(Pool 127), which was built up over many centuries *referred to in order to determine such cases as the validity of a contract or whether or not someone was guilty of murder •3 courts that heard cases: -King’s Bench- criminal cases -Eschequer- disputes about money -Common Pleas- disputes between citizens -Equity: seen over by the Chancery Court; designed to give relief from strict decisions made by the common law -Church Law: 4 courts -Court of Arches-Court of the archbishop -Court of Faculties-granted special permission to do things such as hold multiple livings -Consistory Court-handled divorce and wills -Prerogative Court- wills of bishops However, this system of laws changed much throughout the century....   [tags: Victorian Era] 753 words
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The Fashion of Whiskers in Victorian England - Whiskers: A Growing Fashion Prior to the Victorian era, men in England maintained cleanly shaven faces. With the mid-eighteen hundreds came a widespread shift toward facial hair in a multitude of styles (Camellia). The ability to grow whiskers began to be regarded as a sign of manhood. In pictures and photographs from the era, it is rare to find a male, past the age of manhood, depicted without facial hair in some capacity. As the century continued, the preferred style of facial hair grew progressively longer, bushier, and more pronounced (Nunn), but it remained “stylish for men to wear facial hair of all sizes and descriptions” (Camellia)....   [tags: Victorian Era Facial Hair]
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Queen Victoria - Queen Victoria      Is it Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Alexandrina Victoria or just Alexandrina Victoria. Queen Victoria was born at Kensington Palace, London on May 24, 1819. She was the only child of Edward, the fourth son of King George III, and Victoria Mary Louise, the daughter of a German Duke. It was planed that the duke and duchess were to name their daughter Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Alexandrina Victoria but Prince Regent refused to have his name (George) nor his daughters name (Charlotte Augusta) to be his god daughter’s name....   [tags: Alexandrina Victoria Royalty Essays] 1486 words
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The Young Years of Queen Victoria - The Young Years of Queen Victoria Victoria was born on a spring day, May 24th, 1819, at Kensington Palace, in the then quiet suburb of London. "Plumb as a partridge" was her father's description of the baby, and she certainly bore a marked resemblance to her sturdy and robust Hanoverian ancestors who had ruled Great Britain for little more than a century at the time of her birth. By 1798 Victoria's grandfather, King George III, had reigned for nearly sixty years, but he was now old and feeble....   [tags: Queen Victoria Childhood Essays]
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