One of the themes and central messages in Dover Beach are the “Challenges to the validity of long-standing theological and moral precepts have shaken the faith of people in God and Religion” (Cummings). During Arnold’s time new secularist nationalism, humanism, evolution, and religious conservatism by transcendentalists were cropping up and even sometimes taking the place of the old traditional church beliefs (Boulton; Unknown)“the existence of god and the whole Christian scheme of things was cast in doubt” (Cummings). This shift was the result of the changing Industrial Revolution and numerous social and economic problems due to this shift (Unknown). Many in Victorian society were conflicted and “a loss of faith for many became a phase throughout Victorian society as a whole” (Unknown). The writers, who at the time felt their duty was to write of the common experiences and ideas of society ...
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