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Threatre Review of Woman in Black - Threatre Review of Woman in Black The play I will be reviewing is called the Woman in Black, adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the novel by Susan Hill. I viewed it on September the 17th at the Fortune Theatre in London. The Woman in Black is a Gothic ghost/horror story set around the Victorian period in which Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps (Brian Miller), a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house's sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets that lie hidden behind the shuttered windows....   [tags: Papers] 816 words
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Dracula by Bram Stoker - Throughout the Victorian era, a woman’s sole purpose was to marry, produce children, keep the house clean and have dinner on the table by the time their husband returned from work. They were restricted to working tedious jobs at minimum wage until they were married and were not allowed to receive a real education. Once married, a woman was expected to become a fulltime mother and house wife tending to the needs in the home on command. All these lovely skills were that of the traditional Victorian women....   [tags: victorian era, women's role]
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Victorian Men and Women's Fears of Educating Women - Victorian fears of educating women were addressed in Martha Vicinus' novel, Independent Women. However I think that one very important issue not discussed in by Vicinus was the joint and separate fears of men and women of educating women. I also think that these fears were not realized entirely in her book and during the Victorian period. In order to determine if their fears were realized we need to look at the individual fears and also apply whose fears they were. I will examine the three view points that I think had the greatest fears and realizations of educating women; men and women together, then men and women's separate fears....   [tags: European History] 1065 words
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Post-Modern Victorian: A. S. Byatts Possession - Post-Modern Victorian: A. S. Byatt's Possession If I had read A. S. Byatt's novel Possession without having had British Literature, a lot of the novel's meaning, analogies, and literary mystery would have been lost to me. The entire book seems one big reference back to something we've learned or read this May term. The first few lines of chapter one are poetry attributed to Randolph Henry Ash, which Byatt wrote herself. Already in those few lines I hear echoes of class, lines written in flowery Pre-Raphaelite tradition....   [tags: essays research papers] 1401 words
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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë - If a middle class family in Victorian England was able to afford employing a governess it certainly meant they were wealthy. Governesses aided the development of middle class children by teaching them in history, languages, music, art and geography (Smith 203). However, the lives of these middle class governesses were not as good as they might sound. A governess had a unique position in the family she worked for, because she was not part of the household, nor was she a servant. Governesses had the social position of middle class women, yet they received a salary....   [tags: victorian england, rebellion, marriage]
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Dickens's View of the Middle Class in Victorian Society - Dickens's View of the Middle Class in Victorian Society As exemplified throughout contemporary literature of the nineteenth century, the Victorians were in the midst of social, political, and economic turmoil that would generate vibrations throughout all social classes. The emergence of a new, mercantile middle class was driving all classes towards a society based on capitalism. Competition was arising between the middle class and the aristocracy for a secure social position with little, if any, concern for integrity and moral values (Joyce 299)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Jane Eyre - Woman as Demon - Jane Eyre - Woman as Demon Missing Works Cited Women in Victorian literature often came to be seen as "the other" or in more direct terms, as somehow demonized. This is certainly true in Jane Eyre. Bertha Mason, Rochester's mad wife, is the epitome of the demon in the attic. By virtue of being the first wife she is in continually compared to Jane. Although there are parallels in plot and language between the two women, they are completely different people. In addition, Bronte also depicts other women throughout the novel as something to be feared....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays] 1959 words
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Fighting the Fire: Women in the Victorian Era - One may come too close to the fire and let her demons consume her, leaving all but the ashes and dust. Others can overcome these obstacles and can wash away the burning flames of sadness. Antoinette is unable to control this fire, while Jane is able to wash away these restraints. According to Spivak, the concepts of “Self and Other” refers to how people are defined by who they are in relation to others; the “other” allows the Self to exist as empowered (Spivak cited in Rodenburg). In this essay, I will discuss how Antoinette, from Wide Sargasso Sea, and Jane, from Jane Eyre, both face similar challenges throughout their lives, but deal with their pains in different manners....   [tags: self and other, jane]
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Geroge Eliot: A Look Into the Victorian Era - Mary Ann Evans was a woman who lived controversial and unconventional life. Many of her choices in her life have shocked many people. She eventually earned the deserved credit of an accomplished author. Her works stand on their own, and where not overshadowed by her personnel life decisions. She was known as one of the best Victorian writers, she deals with issues of social change and triumphs of the heart. Her remarkable talent that shows is the depth and scope of English life. Many of her novels today are included in the Cannon of Classic Nineteenth Century Literary Works....   [tags: English Literature ]
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Tennyson's Princess - The Woman's Cause Is Man's - The Woman's Cause Is Man's Alfred Lord Tennyson, the author of The Princess, 1847, was born as the fourth of twelve children on August 6th, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire to George and Elizabeth Tennyson. In 1827 he began his higher education at Trinity College, Cambridge; where he won university prizes for his poetry and became involved in an undergraduate club, The Apostles, which greatly influenced his life and later works. Tennyson died on October 6, 1892 at the age of 83 years after enjoying a delayed but satisfying and profitable literary career (Everett) The Princess was the work that turned Tennyson's struggling career around and laid the foundation for his continued su...   [tags: Tennyson Princess Essays] 1006 words
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Legal Aspects of "The French Lieutenant's Woman" - The French Lieutenant's Woman is a novel which takes place in England in the Mid-Victorian period (1867). This story is about Charles Smithson, a discontented bachelor who had an affair with a prostitute named Sarah Woodruff (a lady's companion and former governess). As a result of his affair with Sarah, Charles breaks his engagement to Ernestina Freeman. After breaking his engagement he learns of the disappearance of Sarah and hires detectives to find her. Meanwhile Mr. Freeman, father of Ernestina threatens to file a suit against Charles for breech of promise of marriage....   [tags: American Literature] 580 words
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Individualism In Kate Chopin´s The Awakening - Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is about the slow awakening of Edna Pontellier, a young married woman who pursues her own happiness of individualism and sexual desires in a Victorian society. As a result, Edna tries to makes changes in her life, such as neglecting her duties as a “mother-woman” and moving into her own home. But she soon realizes that nothing can change for the better. Feeling completely hopeless, Edna chose to die as a final escape from the oppression of the Victorian society she lives in....   [tags: victorian society, Edna Pontellier, independence]
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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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History of Prostitution in the Victorian Period - History of Prostitution in the Victorian Period     In 1858 there were 7,194 prostitutes in London alone. "Given the unreliability of the statistics, one cannot say whether the incidence of prostitution was increasing or decreasing during the nineteenth century or compare that century with other periods. It nevertheless seems clear that the Victorians in the 1840's and 1850's thought that both prostitution and venereal disease were increasing" (Vicinus 79-80). There was increasing visibility of prostitution on the London streets and the Victorians were also conscious of the increasing demand of prostitutes (Vicinus 80)....   [tags: European Europe History]
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The Different Adaptations of Dracula - Ever since Bram Stoker wrote his entrancing novel people have been adapting it, and the story is one of the most reproduced ideas in history. Each innovation of the novel influences the story for the creators own purpose, and in doing so generates another version of Dracula. Count Dracula has become an infamous character in history, and has been captured in many different mediums, such as the Japanese anime and manga series Vampire Hunter D, which follows Draculas son D in his adventures (Kikuchi)....   [tags: count dracula, vampires, victorian novel]
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Women and Men of the Victorian Era - The Victorian era established strict guidelines and definitions for the ladies and gentleman. Noble birth typically defined one as a "lady" or a "gentleman," but for women in this time period, socioeconomic rank and titles held no prestige or special privileges in a male-dominated society. Commonly, women in this era generally tried to gain more influence and respect but to no avail as their male counterparts controlled the ideals and practices of society. Women were subject to these ideals and practices without any legal or social rights or privileges....   [tags: European Literature] 1347 words
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Christina Rossetti: A Woman of Duality - There is much to be admired of women poets of the Victorian era. A time, in which, female poets and male poets were viewed separately. Standing out amongst the female poets and playing a lead role in a revolutionary movement was Christina Rossetti. Christina Rossetti’s rich childhood, personal and familial strives, and the Pre-Raphaelite movement aided her to use her poems as a tool of personal expression of the inner turmoil of religious and family obligations and a personal longing in her soul....   [tags: Authors]
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Discovering a Woman's Role in Society - Throughout the early 1800s, British women often played a subordinate role in society, flexed by many obligations, laws, and the superior males. A young woman’s struggle for independence and free will can often be compared to a life of servitude and slavery. Women were often controlled by the various men in their lives; whether it be father, brother or the eventual husband. In 19th century Britain, laws were enacted to further suppress women that eventually bore the idea that women were supposed to do two things: marry and have children....   [tags: women, servitude, independence, England] 826 words
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The Woman Author: A Comparative Analysis - The fundamental notion of the female writer evolved within the nineteenth century when women were, and continued to be, considered as inferior beings when compared to their male counterparts. This is especially noticeable within the literary canon, where female writers are sparsely included in ‘reputable’ works of literature, let alone incorporated into any canon at all. Virginia Woolf, in her essay titled “In a Room of One’s Own” (1925), details the apparent trials and tribulations that female writers in the Victorian era experience when attempting to become recognized within a literary community....   [tags: The Female Author]
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A Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's Possession - A Comparison Between the Victorian and the Contemporary Couple in A.S Byatt's Possession Possession contains two love stories: a contemporary one and a Victorian one whose plots are interlaced, and not as its subtitle suggests a single one: "A Romance". It is a novel about a pair of young scholars who trace the correspondence between two Victorian poets. The contemporary love story between Roland Mitchell and Maud Bailey develops in parallel with and is intermingled with the story of the Victorian lovers, Randolph Henry Ash and Christabel LaMotte, since the modern academics' quest for knowledge of the past drives the modern romance....   [tags: Papers] 3527 words
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New Woman: A Failed Mother - Dracula functions as a way to invert sexual identity of the novel through the use of vivid imagery. Through this Bram Stoker not only breaks the walls of gender barriers, but also perverts the image of an archetype mother to create a fear from the New Woman. He exposes failed motherhood through; three female vampires who sexually consume their child, Lucy who feeds off her children, and Count Dracula who taints the image of a mother perpetually to signify the dangers that a “New Woman” can bring to the society....   [tags: dracula functions, gender barriers]
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Victorian Era Education in England - EDUCATION VICTORIAN STYLE Education was an extremely controversial issue in the Victorian Era. Some thought that education belonged in the church others believed that the responsibility of teaching the youth of England rested with the state. Then there were the people who did not want any kind of modern schooling at all for it would take away a form of very cheap labor. Victorians had a lot to learn but not many people could agree on what to learn or who to learn it from. And, while they were addressing these issues, society had to answer the question as to who could attend school....   [tags: Education history, british history] 1465 words
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The Victorian Novel Jane Eyre - The Victorian Novel Jane Eyre has been considered a great work of literature. Jane Eyre How Does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane in the first two chapters of the novel. The Victorian novel Jane Eyre has been considered a great work of literature since it was published in the late 1840’s. It follows the development of young Jane from being a girl to turning into a woman. It was very important for Charlotte Bronte to make the novel interesting and gripping right from the beginning as she had to get the reader interested in the novel so the reader will want to read on....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 1485 words
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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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Victorian Perception of Women and Vampires in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Despite popular culture today with shows like The Vampire Diaries where vampires are often continuing their daily lives as if they are human and being the heroes to their friends and/or family, Dracula is a depiction of how vampires have, for centuries, been exposed as bloodthirsty, supernatural beings with sexual appeal. The way women are portrayed in Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, is a result of the Victorian ideals. Once Dracula begins to feed on the women, they become bloodthirsty temptresses which are exactly what society fears and try to prevent....   [tags: popular culture, women]
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social layering of victorian society - Social classes have been around since the dawn of civilization where you were classified by the survival skills that you possess and your ability to use them. Unfortunately also since the dawn of civilization there has been the conflict between the upper classes looking down upon the people below them. The Victorian era was no different lifestyles were most commonly meager and those who had a more luxurious lifestyle avoided contact with the other class. The main difference between these classes is their dress....   [tags: essays research papers] 1137 words
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Fair and Unjust Wages During The Victorian Period - "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work" (Carlyle). Thomas Carlyle once said this quote during the Victorian period. The quote refers to how one should have the ability to receive, in return, what they put forth. Therefore, if a person works all day, then that person should be able to receive enough money to be able to live comfortably. However, that is not the case. There are many people in this world that live pay check to pay check, if they are lucky. This is a distinct problem that has been going on for many years, along with the gender wage gap....   [tags: women, pop leo XIII, discrimination]
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Homosexuality in Victorian Literature - In the late eighteeth century, notions of modesty and propriety meant that there were few ways in which sexuality could be discussed openly in a social setting. Gothic narrative served as an outlet. In Victorian Supernatural fiction, the anxieties surrounding homosexuality is a very prominent theme. However, due to the cultural status of homosexuality as taboo, the subject is heavily veiled in literature. In John Mead Faulkner's `The Lost Stradivarius,' the story appears to be about a young man's obsession with a wonderful musical instrument and a particular piece of music....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1860 words
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Education in Victorian England - Education in Victorian England Monitorial System In the Monitorial System, there was no direct instruction from the teacher. This was, in fact, one of its greatest selling points in the late 1700's; it was incredibly economical. There could be as many as 500 students under one teacher. The teacher selected a few older students(10-12 years old) to act as monitors who, in turn, were responsible for instructing small groups of students, the teacher acting as supervisor, examiner, and disciplinarian....   [tags: European Europe History]
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Opium and Victorian Britain - Opium and Victorian Britain Although opium has been imported to Britain for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes it was not until the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries that its use as a pharmaceutical panacea and exotic recreational drug became epidemic within all strata of British society. Prior to the 1868 Pharmacy Act which restricted the sale of opium to professional pharmacists, anyone could legally trade in opium products: by the middle of the nineteenth century hundreds of opium based potions, pill, and patent medicines were available to the general public....   [tags: British History]
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Portrayal of Jane Osborne in Vanity Fair - The Redundant Woman Thackeray’s portrayal of Jane Osborne in Vanity Fair is very troubling to the reader of the twentieth century. Grown to be a woman who is stuck under her tyrannical father’s roof, her life appears to be very confining and menial. Her sister snubs her, her nephew mocks her behind her back, her father mocks her to her face, and her main role in life seems to be as her father’s housekeeper. However, Thackeray’s portrayal would have had a very different effect on the Victorian reader....   [tags: Victorian Era William Thackeray]
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Victorian Short - Victorian Short Victorian Short Stories Discuss the role of women – as villains, victims and heroes in a selection of Victorian short stories. In the 19th Century the only type of people who could read and write were people in upper class families. Remembered for being such a class conscious society, the 19th century rarely ever mixed regarding their status in the society, this was the greatest divide ever between rich and poor. As well as their being a division between rich and poor, there was also a division between the sexes....   [tags: English Literature] 2738 words
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Evolution of the Modern Woman in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse - Evolution of the Modern Woman in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse examines the role of women or more specifically, the evolution of the modern woman. The two main female characters in the novel, Mrs Ramsay and Lily Briscoe, both represent different views on life and follow different paths on their search for meaning. Lily Briscoe transcends the traditional female gender roles embodied by Mrs Ramsay; by coming into her own as an independent and modern woman, she symbolises the advent of modernism and rejection of traditional Victorian values....   [tags: To The Lighthouse Essays Virginia Woolf ]
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Victorian Ghost Stories - Victorian Ghost Stories This essay will try and find a formula, after reading a selection of stories and focusing on these to discover the formula. The stories were ‘The Ostler’ by Wilkie Collins (1855), ‘The Red Room’ by H.G.Wells (1896),’The Signalman’ by Charles Dickens (1866). To try and prove there is a Victorian structure or formula to the stories, they need to be analysed. This essay will analyse how effective the openings of the stories and will discuss the techniques of the various authors to create an effective ghost story....   [tags: Papers] 936 words
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Mill, Carlyle and Tennyson on “The Woman Question” - Married women during Victorian times were considered to have the legal rights similar to children. They were not able to vote, hold bank accounts, sign contracts, or hold a professional position except that of a teacher. Husbands owned all money and property a woman brought to a marriage even if they divorced; and held sole custody of their children. Domestically and socially they were expected to act as “The Household General”, a term coined in 1861 by Isabella Beeton in her manual, Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management....   [tags: Gender Issues]
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Comparing the French Lieutenant's Woman and Jewel in the Crown - Similarities between French Lieutenant's Woman and Jewel in the Crown       John Fowles's French Lieutenant's Woman and Paul Scott's Jewel in the Crown are two literary works that illustrate continuity in British literature over time.  While French Lieutenant's Woman [is set in]...the Victorian era and Jewel in the Crown [depicts events in]... the twentieth century . . ., the two exhibit similar thematic content.  Both works emphasize the importance of social stature, both portray society's view of what's acceptable in the intimate relationships of women, and both are stories in which two lovers are together regardless of whether or not society approves....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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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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Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening - Edna, the Anti-Mother-Woman in Chopin’s The Awakening In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother- women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle. It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings, when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood. They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels. (29) She had all her life long been accustomed to harbor thoughts and emotions which never voiced themselves....   [tags: Chopin Awakening Essays] 568 words
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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: Free Essays Online]
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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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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 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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Victorian Literature: Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There - For the majority of the 19th century, England enjoyed several advancements in science, philosophy, and economics. The sixty-four year period of Queen Victoria’s reign, known as the Victorian Era, was “a time of progress and prosperity in England.” (English Literature 485). The English were one of the first civilizations to experience the Industrial Revolutions, promoted several social reforms, and continued the expansion of their already large empire. It seems the Victorian Age was synonymous with ingenuity and high morals....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hard Times Depiction of the Position of Young Women in Victorian England Society - The advancements made in Victorian England socially, politically and technologically resulted in the questioning of how to grow and keep up with the times while still maintaining the core traditions that the Victorians idealised. One of the main debates in Victorian England was the discussion around the proper place and characteristics of women. Writers during the time period incorporated their personal opinions and outlooks on where women should be placed in society. Two writers and their pieces which will be further examined in this piece are Sarah Stickney Ellis’s The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities, and Charles Dickens Hard Times....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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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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Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobsky, and Fault in Our Stars by John Greene - The Victorian Era began in 1837 and ended at 1901. This era is often described as the era where important, rapid change and development in medical, and scientific knowledge occurred. Victorian Literature was also important because its major theme was the injustice taking place during this time. This was when people started to voice out their opinions and thoughts that pestered them. In addition, Victorian literature influenced the priority of importance in modern literature. By comparing the ways in which young love in literature is achieved, received, and stereotyped between the Victorian era and present day, thus the Victorian era saw love as much more of a reward for hard work an persever...   [tags: the victorian era, great expectations]
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Alice in Wonderland: Effects on our Lives - Childhood: a time of imagination and fun for all children; this is what individuals have been told of in stories and throughout various cultures. During some periods of time, varying societies can see the exact opposite characterization of childhood. In many stories, novels, and other works of literature and art during the Victorian age, one can see the changes that books have on the appearance and interpretation of the childhood stage of life. One of the more well-known books that deals with childhood is Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll....   [tags: Lewis Caroll, Victorian literature]
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Jane Eyre Paves the Way for Women Advocacy and Class Expulsion - “Prejudices… are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” (Bronte 434) The rights and responsibilities women hold in modern society significantly differ from those held in the Victorian time period. Although the transition was a long and slow fought battle it was heroines, such as Jane Eyre in Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Jane Eyre that paved the way. Through Jane’s individuality, Bronte critiqued the inclinations of the time, creating an alternative meaning to what beauty is by relating it to an internal depth....   [tags: prejudices, victorian society]
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