The Victorian era was arguably the greatest period of development and innovation in British history. Charles Darwin, though widely criticized, elevated the human being to an organism of the highest caliber on the evolutionary tree. Darwin proposed a mechanism that depended on natural variation in species and chance: natural selection. Given a largely varied population, with many variations on physical traits, which ones would survive? It was clear in the theory that only the most use...
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...m Morris and Oscar Wilde were inclined to agree with these thoughts. Problems within the human mind and in the human nature were believed to result in regression to the primitive. The Victorian era brought about so much change with industrialization, discovery and scientific development that the uncertainty of the future ate at them leading to theories of decay and even persists today in undertones across all forms of media.
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