Occupations in the Victorian Era by Class

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Throughout the Victorian Era, the standard of occupations were distinctly divided based on class. These social classes that divided the caliber of work in occupations were: the upper class, middle or working class and the lower class. Occupations that required skilled labor and unskilled labor each employed people in separate classes. Men and women within each class had different jobs in accordance with the type of work in their social class. (Victorian Web.) Men in the upper class had jobs of high ranks and involved less manual work. Occupations of these high ranks would be in the possession of men that were considered Gentlemen. In the Victorian Era, jobs of high skill or importance would qualify men to be a gentlemen. (Victorian Web.) David Cody, in “The Gentlemen” specifies that some of these jobs would be clergymen for the church, parliament members and army officers. Professional occupations in the Victorian Era belonged to those in the Middle Class. In Dickens’s Great Expectations, Jaggers is described as a lawyer. The occupation of a lawyer, being a professional job would belong in the middle class. As displayed within the character of Jaggers, lawyers had to be well educated and skilled in order to be successful. Similar in levels of work of a lawyer, physicians, writers and engineers were jobs that found to belong to those of the middle class. In the working part of the middle class there was difficult, messy work and physical labor that was strenuous on the body. In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, this is shown when Pip is realizing that he is only common person and meant to be a worker, “I took the opportunity of being alone in the courtyard, to look at my coarse hands and common boots” (92.) Being the ap... ... middle of paper ... ...ctioning society. Works Cited Burnett, John. "Victorian Working Women: Sweated Labor." Victorian Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Bentley, Nicolas. "A Victorian Blacksmith's Shop." Victorian Web. 19 Nov. 2013. Cody, David. "The Gentleman." Victorian Web. 22 Nov. 2013. Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. 1861. Project Gutenberg. 17 Nov. 2013 Harris, Beth. ""Slaves of the Needle:" The Seamstress in the 1840s." Victorian Web. 21 Nov. 2013. Landow, George P. "Domestic Service, The "Mute and Forgotten Occupation." Victorian Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Landow, George "Victorian Occupations: Life and Labor in the Victorian Period." Victorian Web. 24 Nov. 2013. Sullivan, Dick. "Victorian Costermongers: "A Penny Profit out of the Poor Man's Dinner." Victorian Web. 23 Nov. 2013. Wojtczak, Helena. "Women of the Aristocracy and Gentry in Victorian Hastings." Victorian Web. 22 Nov. 2013.

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