The Victorian era was the age of Queen Victoria. She was the daughter of Edward duke of Kent and inherited the throne when her uncle, William IV passed away. She reigned from 1837 until her death in 1901. Her first years as queen was tainted with social and economic chaos mainly because of the industrial development. During the midst of her reign England possessed a long period of harmony, wealth, sophistication and national confidence as a united nation. Queen Victoria gradually became more popular as a moral leader and model of family values. She established high principles for the Victorian society including the roles of the women.
As the women’s suffrage movement began and the focus of women’s rights surfaced the queen was against the women’s rights theory by declaring " I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women 's Rights ',…Were woman to 'unsex ' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection" (qtd. in “United”). She believed women should have limited rights and everything was to be done under the superior male in the women’s life. In Victorian society, women had positions and duties that needed to be obeyed such as, to ensure their husbands had a clean home, make sure there is food on the table, and to bring up their children. All the aspects of being a women in the Victorian society left women feeling isolated and controlled, these women were not seen as individuals but shadows of their fathers or husbands. After a women married the husband had absolute right of control over his wife, as well as considerable rights over her wages; if any, ...
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Both poems contained mirrors that represent the different feelings in women of this society. Tennyson’s mirror represents the elements of the world the Lady could not take part in but what she longed to experience even at the expense of her life. Coleridge’s mirror represents ho women saw themselves with dual personalities. The angelic side of women that they present to society and the tormented side of women that feels oppressed and isolated for their rights are severely limited. These women went through their lives as victims of the society that made them. They are taught from a young age that women are not equal to the men and the men have superior rights. The authors that expressed their concern for this way of life paved the way for women to break free from the oppression and soon made their own way in society without being held back or tied down.
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