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Poetry Styles of the Victorian Period - The Victorian Period (1833-1901) brought about the expansion of Britain’s booming economy. In Britain, around the beginning of the Victorian Period, the consequence of industrialism brought much unrest across the land. The factories were notorious for their horrible working conditions, and the common workers’ housing was atrocious. Victorians were struggling with religious, philosophical, and social ramifications (854-856). The complex background to what was happening in Britain at the time led to a new and interesting literature period....   [tags: Realism, Naturalism] 1166 words
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The School System in the Victorian Period - The school system in the Victorian period School systems throughout the Victorian time period changed, making learning a requirement for everyone, not just the rich families, or the boys. Education was less advanced; they didn’t have a stable school system. The schools didn’t have the technology we have today. The Victorian school systems are different from the current system. The main people to attend school then were the boys. Most poor children did not go to day school, and by 1831, 1,250,000 children went to lessons at the day school....   [tags: current system, poor children, boy]
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The Woman in Black vs The Evil Dead - Driven by filmgoers’ fascination for thrills and chills, the horror genre has continued to scare, entertain and induce nightmares into all that succumb to the genre. Taking influence from the Victorian gothic novel, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein (1819), horror is one of the most recognisable film genres thanks, in part, to the codes and conventions practiced during the production process of horror filmmaking. Film codes and conventions refer to ‘the rules by the which narrative is governed’ (Hayward, p 68), how film techniques are implemented to distinguish a films genre....   [tags: horror film genre, gothic]
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The Victorian Era and Now - In the Victorian Era people were restricted by an abundance of societal rules, and were mainly separated by class. Marriage was influenced by the social advantage that could be gained, while morality was set to strict standards, which were very contradictory. In this time period the interest in the supernatural also developed, but was prone to considerable controversy. Attitudes expressed, in literature, during the Victorian Era towards love, morality and the supernatural are still present in some works of the world today....   [tags: Comparison, Literature Examples, Love]
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The Sex during the Victorian Era - ... The sex was a topic that began to spread and women started to fight for their voices to be heard. There were introductions of new laws in many countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and etcetera. The reform act of 1837 and 1867 extended voting rights for citizens that were deprive the privilege to vote because of social status. No longer was there a division in power between middle and upper class. Many people considered other issue involving politics, but women were not bestowed the right to vote until 1918....   [tags: discrimation, sex, women] 573 words
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The Woman Question: The Oppressed Other Half - Evelyn Cunningham once said, “Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimate association with their oppressors.” For thousands of years women have been oppressed, not in the bondage of slavery but in the bondage that comes from a lack of education and a dependence on men for their livelihood. Women have been subjected to scrutiny and ostracization, belittling and disparaging comments, and even at times they have been feared by men. Women themselves have even taken on the beliefs that they require a man in their life to be taken care of and have a satisfying life although some women and even some men have seen that the differences between the sexes is purely physical...   [tags: Gender Studies]
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How Foreigners And Woman Were Perceived - “A woman is a foreign land, of which, though there he settle young, A man will ne'er quite understand . . .” Patmore- “The Foreign Land” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” is much more than another installment of the much beloved detective Sherlock Holmes using his amazing deductive reasoning to solve a case. It is also a way to examine the accepted practice of degradation of woman and the xenophobic attitudes that were prevalent in Victorian England. The importance of this examination is its relevance to understanding the attitudes and practices not only accepted but expected during the Victorian Era....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Doyle, Stoner] 1768 words
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Gender Inequalities in Victorian England: Robert Browning’s Porphyria’s Lover - ... The emasculation and submissive role the narrator has been faced with ultimately leads to the climax of the poem. In an attempt to preserve Porphyria’s love and exercise power, Porphyria’s lover strangles her with a lock of her own yellow hair (Line 39-40). The obsessive speaker then proceeds to prop Porphyria’s ‘drooping’ neck against his shoulder (Line 39-41), a complete reversal of his previous compliance to her controlling actions. This is symbolic of recovering masculinity from prior submission and depicts the male agenda of the Victorian period....   [tags: dominate women, gender roles]
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Victorian Era Gender Roles and the Development of Women’s Football in England - ... Nettie Honeyball, a lower-middle class woman and Florence Dixie who was part of the aristocracy promoted the introduction of organized women’s football in Britain in 1894 by creating the British Ladies’ Football Club (BLFC). This challenged the Victorian feminine ideology and dominant social structure in Britain by including women in a traditionally masculine sport, therefore going against the normal sporting gender roles. The first BLFC match was played 23 March 1895 as a scrimmage splitting the Club into, “the North ‘Reds’ and the South ‘Blues’…” The unconventional display of female athleticism antagonizes the masculine and feminine identities defined in British society....   [tags: gegemonic masculinity in British culture]
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Victorian Women in Dracula - Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” came to print in 1897, at the height of Nineteenth century Victorian life in Europe, a progressively modern era that saw much medical and technological advancement. This era brought with it the contentious idea of an empowered woman, the “New Woman,” a woman who aspires to be educated as well as sexually and economically independent. Stoker gives a contrasting view of this notion in “Dracula.” While the main characters, Lucy and Mina, are clearly opposite in personality, they are both portrayed as unequal, defenseless objects that are to be protected and desired....   [tags: Dracula, Bram Stoker] 947 words
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Victorian Playwrights - The Victorian Era in the United Kingdom is archetypally deemed the time period when Queen Victoria ruled, from 1837 to 1901 (Miller 1). While the Queen’s reign altered many social aspects of British life, perhaps the most noticeable was drama. Previously, theatre had been precluded and disapproved of due to various reasons, particularly religion. However, Queen Victoria chose to attend histrionic performances often and eventually made it reputable. The Queen considered Shakespeare too confusing of a playwright (Airdrie 1) and it soon became the job of numerous others to create amusing plays that she and countless other Europeans would enjoy....   [tags: Theatre]
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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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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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The Evolution of Women in The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy - The Evolution of Women in The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy’s novel The Mayor of Casterbridge takes place in a pretend town in Victorian England. The characters in his novel highly reflect the ideals and morals of the time period. However, during the Victorian Era, different types of women started to form. Hardy outlines the evolution of women during the Victorian Period through the characterization of Susan Henchard, Lucetta Templeman, and Elizabeth-Jane Newson. Although her presence in the novel is brief, Susan Henchard represents a subservient Victorian woman....   [tags: victorian england, double standard]
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Female Roles Challenged by Charles dickens and Wilkie Collins - Gender roles in the Victorian Era were strict and well-defined. A typical female was seen as “weak, frail, and hysterical” (Stearns 2012). The ideal woman was seen as an angel of the house, one in which would perfect domestic duties and constantly be placed under the patriarchal nature of society, while also being weak, frail, and hysterical. Authors Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens both challenge this traditional view of women in society. Collins and Dickens do not adhere to representing strictly construed gender roles....   [tags: Victorian, Stereotype, Gender]
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Embracing Female Sexuality in Bram Stoker's Dracula - Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, written in 1897 during the Victorian era depicts and delves through the historical context of what society was like in the past. His extraordinary piece places a strong emphasis on sexuality by contrasting it with the conventional and stereotypical views towards sexuality that was once embellished during his life time. By painting an elaborate picture of the conservative society Stoker once grew up in, I contend that through his main female characters, he pursues to epitomize and challenge the Victorian notion of sexuality by incorporating female characters with strong sexual desires....   [tags: society, supression, victorian era]
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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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Applying New Historicism to Lady Windermere’s Fan by by Oscar Wilde and Pierre Laville - ... Thus, individuals in society had to adhere to the traditional “rules” in order not become an outcast. The duchess only sees Mr. Hopper as “a commodity” (Eltis 92) and nothing more just like many other Victorian mothers see their daughters’ husbands. The Duchess says, “Oh, all of them, my dear, all of them, without any exception. And they never grow any better. Men become old, but they never become good.”(Wilde 48). This shows the Duchess’s low opinion of men and how they are only good for economic and well being situations....   [tags: submissive, victorian, gender] 791 words
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Play: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde - ... Many marriages in the Victorian Era were arranged and there is no way Gwendolen could get married to a stranger who her parents have not approved. Parents getting involved in the approval of marriages depending on a suitor’s wealth and social class were an obstacle in the marriage in Oscar Wilde’s play. Oscar was trying to depict that marriage in the Victorian Era was for political and social reasons other than for love and affection as it should be. Lady Bracknell asks Jack about parents, fortune, address, family solicitors, politics, expectations and legal impediments....   [tags: Marriage, Victorian Era]
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Historical People from the Victorian Era - ... Dickens is illustrating how dangerous it would be to make humans into machines, that lack imagination and compassion, and that suck a life would be unbearable. Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and is one of the greatest writers in the Victorian era. He lived in England and wrote novels and short stories, which criticized society. When Dickens was young his father was sent to prison and he had to leave school to go to work in a factory. This left him without any formal education, but still he was very successful....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Robert Browning] 877 words
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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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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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Women's Role in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is set in the mid nineteenth century, during the Victorian era where class and gender roles are clearly defined in the patriarchal society. The general ideology of the era expresses the idea that if gender categories were not maintained as binary oppositions, catastrophic chaos would likely ensue (Gill, 109). Throughout the novel, Jane is faced with the issue of oppression. The typical characteristics of an ideal female in Victorian society would include submissiveness, simple dress, low ambition, longing for a male love interest and passiveness....   [tags: victorian era, patriarchal society]
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A New Kind of Woman in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - ... One of the first instances in which she passes the line between what it is to be a traditional woman and a new woman is as a child when she stands up to Mrs. Reed for the first time. For a long period of time, Jane withstands Mrs. Reed’s absurd insults, but she has it with her when Mrs. Reed declares to the master of Lowood School, Mr. Brocklehurst, that she is a naughty girl and a liar. One of the things that separate Jane from every other woman is the integrity and dignity with which she carries herself....   [tags: transformation, norm of society]
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Power of Woman in Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie - ... This is also seen when Aadam commands Naseem to “forget about being a good Kashmiri girl” and to “start thinking like a modern Indian woman” (Rushdie 32). Instead of obeying her husband, she reverts to her traditional values and becomes the Reverend Mother, a powerful woman in her own household. Reverend Mother takes a vow of silence and nearly starves her husband to death as an assertion of her power within her household. When Aadam commands the Reverend Mother to “be silent, woman” in an attempt to silence “her decent old-fashioned notions,” she makes an oath of silence to obey his exaggerated order (Rushdie 55-59)....   [tags: home and family, marriage] 1138 words
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Common Elements in Elizabeth Gaskell's The Old Nurse's Story and in Christian Rossetti's Goblin Market - ... Gaskell brings mystery and suspense to the story by having the narrator as an old nurse telling the story to a group of children. The nurse tells the about how she was an orphan living in an old haunted manor. She describes the manor as “great and stately house, with many trees close around it, so close that in some places their branches dragged the walls when the wind blew; and some hung broken down...”( Gaskell 1262). The hallway of the house was “dark and gloomy” because it lacked candle light (Gaskell 1263)....   [tags: Victorian Gothic Literature]
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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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Love and Rejection in T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - ... Browning has his character rejected in the end for the purpose of teaching his readers a lesson – love is uncontrollable and no one has power over it. Browning was considered one of the most influential Victorian poets in history, and so we can assume that his writing reflected Victorian ideas and values. Prufrock is a typical modernist man – he is eloquent and proper while also neurotic and unsure of himself. Modernist poets aimed to write poetry that reflected their world after World War I....   [tags: victorian era, Robert Browning] 1284 words
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Bronte's View of Women Revealed in Jane Eyre - In Charlotte Bronte's book, Jane Eyre, Bronte's demeanor towards the position of women in Victorian society is identified. During that time, women were expected to at least have the beauty, wealth, and propriety. In the novel, Jane is described as the opposite of what the social class expects of her; while, other female characters live up to society's standards. Blanche Ingram, Rosamond Oliver, and Bertha Mason symbolizes Bronte's belief that woman in Victorian societies are selfish, rude, vain, unexciting, and likely to lose their sense of reality and independence....   [tags: Victorian Society, Vain and Unexciting]
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A Rebellion in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian author, lived during the Victorian era. A Doll’s House, originally written in Norwegian, tells the story of a woman living in Norway during the 1800’s who focuses on appearances rather than upholding morals or values. Ibsen revolutionizes social norms through the parallels in relationships. The Victorian era opposes romanticism with the new movement of realism. Realism emphasizes the imperfections of society, a key concern in Ibsen’s play. Ibsen transforms the roles of the genders and social classes in everyday life and their significance to society....   [tags: norwegian, victorian era, appearance]
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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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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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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë’s - ... Jane knows she is prepared to move forward with her life and makes the decision to become a governess as she tells herself “I want this because it is of no use wanting anything better” (Brontë 87). Jane decides for herself that she desires to experience more of the world and does not need to depend on other people for subsistence in her lifetime. Jane has simply outgrown Lowood and knows she is ready for a new experience. Jane’s self governing attitude serves as a great attribute in her life....   [tags: hardships, poverty, victorian age] 543 words
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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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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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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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Women and Equality - ... Bronte wrote under a male penname of Currer Bell. The male penname was not specific to Bronte, or her three sisters who also wrote under Bell names. During this time if a woman was to be taken seriously as a writer she was forced to use a male penname, if not their works were pre-judged. Bronte’s work Jane Eyre was a success. After some time, when the book had been fairly judged by men and women, Bronte’s publisher urged her to come forward are Bronte, not Bell. The text Jane Eyre, serves as a criticism of the role of women in the Victorian era....   [tags: Jane Eyre, Victorian] 643 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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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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Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell - The nineteenth century had the most radical and revolutionary ideas in history. The status of women during this time being one of those ideas. This time period has been named the Victorian Era, and was influential on British society. Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel, “Mary Barton,” was designed to portray the cultural customs and ideas of Britain. One of Gaskell’s motives was to bring awareness to the life and trials of a Victorian woman. A scholar writes that “for women the situation is complicated by the fact that not only their work, but their bodies have a cash value” (Stoneman 548)....   [tags: women in the Victorian era, novel analysis] 1525 words
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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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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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Oscar Wilde's Victorian Stage Melodrama, An Ideal Husband - ... The Victorian popular theatre provided typical narratives of domestic life that, after several tragedies, would conclude in the repetition of identifiable themes: faithfulness, sacrifice, eternal love, mercy, commitment etc. Although An Ideal Husband includes these keynotes, it also mocks, ironizes and imitates them with more dandified and crooked characters. Therefore the reader can classify the plays treatment of marriage according to the “opposites” these characters may signify. A hero’s characteristics are known to be: strong, independent, helpful, handsome, and most of all they defeat the villain....   [tags: corruption, villaiin, stereotype] 1112 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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Victorian Era in Kate Chopin's A Pair of Silk Stockings - ... Kate uses imagery to create meaning to every object in the short story. “But she went on feeling the soft, sheeny luxurious things—with both hands now, holding them up to see them glisten, and to feel them glide serpent-like through her fingers” (Chopin). The silk stocking represents Ms. Sommer’s temptation for having something that suits her desires. When she thinks about the future it looks like a thin monster and instead she lives by everyday life. A women’s determination is to live day by day since they don’t always have the opportunity to satisfy their needs....   [tags: desires, isolation, dream]
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The Yellow Wallpaper: The Escape of the Repressed Woman - ... Women were not recognized as equal partners in a marriage, and this is the evidenced between the narrator and John in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Perkins Gilman creates the narrator’s husband, John, as a significant figure of repression in “The Yellow Wallpaper.” John is not only the husband, but a doctor who will have input in the narrator’s medical care. John embodies both the societal ideology that men rule over their wives, and the scientific representation of man’s superiority over woman. The narrator questions John about the house and how strange it is, and “John laughs at [the narrator]” and the narrator states that “one expects that” (Perkins Gilman 687)....   [tags: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Literary Analysis, Women]
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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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Oliver Twist: The Life Of an Orphan Child During Victorian England - ... “Once parish overseers resigned juvenile paupers in their care to an employer, children were generally subject to further degradation, a point made clear by Oliver's apprenticeship to an undertaker” (Paroissien). While Mr. Sowerberry was a bit humane to the boy, the rest of the household was not. Residing along with them was Mrs. Sowerberry, Charlotte, and Noah Claypole. “At the workhouse [Oliver] is one among many charges who are confined and abused by supervising moral derelicts; and at the Sowerberrys' he is fed a dog's leavings, bedded down among the coffins, and persecuted for his social inferiority by the charity-boy, Noah Claypole, who at least is not an orphan” (Duffy)....   [tags: social status, orphans] 1033 words
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