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Victorian Age And Modern Literature

- The Victorian age and the Modern Literature era are two very different times for the literature world. Each era had a big impact through literature, politics, and economics. The Victorian era was a time of change during the reign of Queen Victoria between 1837 to 1901. The Modern Literature era also known as the Twentieth Century and After increased popularity in literature due to the rise of industrialization and globalization from roughly about the 1910 's to the 1990 's. Even though, both of these eras made an impact towards the way people see literature, their literature work is very different in terms of themes, subjects, purposes, and techniques....   [tags: Victorian era, Victorian literature]

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The Victorian Age : Mrs. Jellyby

- Another interesting note to mention is that Mrs. Jellyby is one of the few matriarchs within the Victorian age; her husband is described as a “nonentity” by Richard and literally has no voice, which consequently bequeaths Mrs. Jellyby with the power in the household (44). The dynamic of their relationship thus becomes a transgression of the Victorian feminine archetype also, in which the gender balance is traditionally firmly skewed toward the male spectrum. Through Esther’s interactions with the Jellyby children, the two mother figures are juxtaposed, which consequently works to highlight the maternal qualities of Esther....   [tags: Victorian era, Charles Dickens]

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The Victorian Age

- The Victorian Age of Literature “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair” (Dickens n. pag.). These words by Charles Dickens, one of the most famous writers of the Victorian Period, were intended to show the connections between the French Revolution and the decline of Dickens’s own time, the Victorian Era (“About” n.pag.). Dickens wanted to show how the trends of his time were following a tragic path that had already played out and not ended well in France....   [tags: History, French Revolution]

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The Life of Women in the Victorian Age

- Women, although many a times not as powerful as men physically have long been a strong force in society, especially in the Victorian Age, where they had obvious contributions in ways that have seen positive effects to this present day. Prominent, among many other successful women of the Victorian age who departed from their usual roles assigned in the hierarchy of society were Florence Nightingale, Madam Curie and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Victorian age is seen as a period of questioning of a woman’s traditional role in society as established by nature and religious tradition....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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The Evolution Of Structure And The Victorian Age

- The Evolution of Structure Throughout the years the structure and flow of poems have evolved along with the rest of the world. In beginning eras, such as the Victorian age, poems were inartistic, traditional, and very structured. The poems of this time period mirrored the style of dress and general atmosphere exhibited during this era. During the Victorian age people wore very fancy, intricate, and modest clothing. These trends matched the proper, structured, and grammatically correct characteristics showcased in poems created during this time....   [tags: Poetry, Modernism, William Carlos Williams, Rhyme]

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The Romantic Vs. Victorian Age

- The Romantic VS. the Victorian In the world of poetry, there are several viewpoints on every single topic that can be thought of. One major topic is that of Nature. When it comes to William Wordsworth and Lord Alfred Tennyson there is an immense amount of differentiation on their interpretations of the subject because they wrote in separate eras. The Romantic age it characterized by a strong belief in finding truth in nature, while the Victorian age is narrow minded and finds the opposite. This allows for a complete separation of ideas between the eras....   [tags: Romanticism, Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

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Victorian Values on Sex and Sexuality

- James Joyce sets A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in the Victoria Age. The Double Standard of Morality by Josephine Butler and Victorian Theories of Sex and Sexuality by Elizabeth Lee give us insight into ideas people had about sex and sexuality during the Victorian era. We see that sex was considered an unavoidable part of life. Sex was “man [and] woman's ultimate goal” (Lee). Victorians believed that “the essence of right and wrong [was.…] dependent on sex” (Lee). Meaning that how you were publicly known or not known for your sexual actions was how you were viewed as either good or bad....   [tags: Literature, Victorian Age, James Joyce]

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Charles Dickens ' Era Of The Victorian Age

- During the time that Charles Dickens lived, which was during the Victorian Age (1837-1901), “...1837 ( the year Victoria became Queen) and ends in 1901 in ( the year of her death),” (UNLV 1). It is important to realize that the Victoria’s reign over Britain is the second longest reign in British history, lasting for 63 years, only behind that of the current Queen Elizabeth. Many historians consider 1900 the end of the Victorian Age, “...since Queen Victoria’s death occurred so soon in the beginning of a new century,..” (UNLV 1)....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Workhouse]

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The Collapse of the Victorian Age

- The Collapse of the Victorian Age During the early 1900’s, America was in the grip of a strict set of morals and values that dated back to Queen Victoria.  This code was called the Victorian Standard, and it was seemingly followed and held in high esteem by most people.  In-fact it was seen as the American way.  However, the people of the 1920’s would witness its demise.  People began to drink more, women’s dresses became shorter and their actions were sometimes more dishonorable, jazz houses sprang up, and the list goes on.  The fear of the collapsing Victorian age caused many people to grapple for an explanation as to why.  The most commonly accepted reasoning behind the new trends of...   [tags: American America History]

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Marriage in the Victorian Age

- Many people believe that marriage is important in this day and age, but it holds little significance compared to the importance of marriage in the Victorian era. In the Victorian era women were to get married to a man of the same or a better social status, be good wives, and be a mother to her husband's children. Very few marriages started with love, but a woman's life is not complete without being married. Over time, the role of married women has evolved a great deal and they now have rights and privileges....   [tags: European Literature]

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Crime was Rampant During the Victorian Age in England

- ... Punishments were harsh, even on children. When a child stole something, be that food or something from pickpocketing, a prison sentence was not far behind his or her actions. The choices of punishments were a prison sentence, or being hung. Children caught committing summary crimes generally chose the prison sentence. The few cases of children who participated in indictable crimes were hung and did not have a choice (Salisbury and Kersten, Law and Crime in Victorian England). Prisons were extremely unsanitary....   [tags: starving, unsanitary, punishment]

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The Victorian Age Attitudes Between Social Classes

- The Victorian Age saw the development of intricate social classes. These social classes did not just hang over people’s heads, but was an important part of life in the Victorian Age. The classes continued to develop, and distinct classes began to show. The upper, middle, and lower class all emerged, with each class based on their income and style of living (Cody). The classes began to build feelings on one another. The lower class was left out of positions of power, while the upper class controlled most of everything....   [tags: upper and lower class, underpaid, overworked]

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Victorian Age

- The Year 1837 was very significant. It was not only the year that Queen Victoria acceded the throne, but also the year that a new literary age was coined. The Victorian Age, more formally known, was a time of great prosperity in Great Britain's literature. The Victorian Age produced a variety of changes. Political and social reform produced a variety of reading among all classes. The lower-class became more self-conscious, the middle class more powerful and the rich became more vulnerable. The novels of Charles Dickens, the poems of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Robert Browning, the dramatic plays of Oscar Wilde, the scientific discoveries of the Darwins, and the religious revolt of Newman all...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Victorian Age

- Victorian Age Not all 19th-century writers were attracted to the novel. Walter Savage Landor, besides writing one or two unforgettable lyrics, poured out his views of the past and present in a series of literary dialogues, Imaginary Conversations. Charles Lamb became an accomplished essayist in the Addisonian style, while William Hazlitt was a more penetrating essayist and critic. Thomas De Quincey, a victim of the opium habit, published Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821), an account of his lonely youth and of the sublime dreams and appalling nightmares that had haunted his existence....   [tags: Papers]

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Science as Savior and Destroyer in The Victorian Age

- Science as Savior and Destroyer in The Victorian Age         “The Victorian age was first and foremost an age of transition.  The England that   had once been a feudal and agricultural society was transformed into an industrial   democracy” (Mitchell, xiv).  Just about every aspect of Victorian daily life, from   education to cooking to religion and politics, was changing.  “The Victorian age in English   Literature is known for its earnest obedience to a moralistic and highly structured social code of   conduct; however, in the last decade of the 19th century this order began to be questioned”  (It is   my Duty).  In celebration of  industrial achievements...   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Victorian Theater

- Theater and entertainment were very popular and sought-after during the Victorian Era. The performance world was one of the few ways of public entertainment during this time period. All Victorians, from the upper-class and the wealthy to the servants and apprentices, greatly enjoyed watching the unique and pleasing performances. Audiences were divided by class so that the aristocracy wouldn’t have to make contact with the lower class. The lifestyles of the Victorian people greatly influences the aspects of theater in the era....   [tags: urban poor, entertainment, victorian age]

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning : Ideal Love By Breaking The Social Conventions Of The Victorian Age

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning follows ideal love by breaking the social conventions of the Victorian age, which is when she wrote the “Sonnets from the Portuguese”. The Victorian age produced a conservative society, where marriage was based on class, age and wealth and women were seen as objects of desire governed by social etiquette. These social conventions are shown to be holding her back, this is conveyed through the quote “Drew me back by the hair”. Social conventions symbolically are portrayed as preventing her from expressing her love emphasising the negative effect that society has on an individual....   [tags: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Romantic Age vs. The Victorian Period

- The Romantic Age and Victorian Period had many similarities, but they had just as many or more differences. They first differed in rule; the Romantic Age didn't have a king or queen, but they did during the Victorian Period. They were similar and different in writing styles, and beliefs. The Industrial Revolution also had a huge effect on both time periods. The Romantic Period was from 1784 until 1832, it brought a more brave, individual, and imaginative approach to both literature and life. During this time the individual became more important than society....   [tags: British History ]

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How the Victorian Age Shifted the Focus of Hamlet

- How the Victorian Age Shifted the Focus of Hamlet 19th century critic William Hazlitt praised Hamlet by saying that, "The whole play is an exact transcript of what might be supposed to have taken pace at the court of Denmark, at the remote period of the time fixed upon." (Hazlitt 164-169) Though it is clearly a testament to the realism of Shakespeare's tragedy, there is something strange and confusing in Hazlitt's analysis. To put it plainly, Hamlet is most definitely not a realistic play....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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The Romantic Period and the Victorian Age in Great Britain

- The Romantic Period (1785-1830) was a very turbulent period, during which England experienced the ordeal of change from a primarily agricultural society to a modern industrial nation. French Revolution and storming of the Bastille had a great influence on English society and literature. It influenced almost every sphere of life. The Victorian Age (1830-1901) was a period of great progress and prosperity for the nation. This was a period in which industry, technology, and science were celebrated with renewed vigor....   [tags: European History]

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Is Sherlock Holmes an Individual or a By Product of the Victorian Age?

- Is Sherlock Holmes an Individual or a By Product of the Victorian Age. To the ignorant onlooker Sherlock Holmes is simply a clever detective amongst a horde of similar duplicates from various tales and myths of the crime-solving era. Sherlock Holmes is the culmination from a culture of detectives. Francis Eugene Vidocq, a “Holmes” in the making, with an utter disregard for the official police, an ability to disguise himself, and clever plans to catch the criminals accompanied by an excellent knowledge of the criminal underworld....   [tags: Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Essays]

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Stevenson and Conrad: The Duality of Human Nature

- The Victorian Age marked a period of immense transition in many aspects of human life. In 1859 Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, a work that opposed the traditional way of perceiving religion. Candyce Klin author of “Darwinism as A Cultural Issue”, states that The Origin of Species proposed the theory that all living creatures had to compete within their own preconditions in order to survive. This may be why the controversial issue of the duality of human nature has been found at the heart of many Victorian works....   [tags: Victorian Age literature]

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A Tale of Much Imagery: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

- Dickens is often held to be among the greatest writers of the Victorian Age. Nonetheless, why are his works still relevant nearly two centuries later. One reason for this is clearly shown in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. In the novel, he uses imagery to sway the readers’ sympathies. He may kindle empathy for the revolutionary peasants one moment and inspire feeling for the imprisoned aristocrats the next, making the book a more multi-sided work. Dickens uses imagery throughout the novel to manipulate the reader’s compassion in the peasants’ favor, in the nobles defense, and even for the book’s main villainess, Madame Defarge....   [tags: victorian age, innocent aristocrats]

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Verbal Irony in A Fellow of No Delicacy by A Fellow of No Delicacy

- Charles Dickens was an extremely popular author during the Victorian Age. His novels were published serially in magazines. Many accredit Dickens’ popularity to his well-written stories that were full of coincidence and fate. He used many literary elements including foreshadowing and verbal and dramatic irony to grab and hold the readers’ attention. Charles Dickens assuages his readers’ appetites for complex and sentimental plots with clever chapter titles, cliffhangers, and the overarching theme of fate....   [tags: victorian age, romantic feeling]

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Who is Charles Dickens?

- The Victorian Age was beginning to show when Charles Dickens lived in England. It was between 1812 and 1870 as imperialism and industrialism emerged, a democracy bloomed, and middle classes were developing within the city. He wrote about his life in this period of time, taking to the streets and all the villages that surrounded London. Most of the “fictional” characters he wrote were portrayals of people from his daily life and were from the perspective of the poor, working, and middle class that is recognized through the ages....   [tags: Biography, Victorian Age, England]

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Rupert Brooke’s Connection to the Modern Era

- The Modern Time Period started at the beginning of the 20th Century. Writing soon transitioned from Romantic and Victorian and adapted a new style known as modernism. Modernist did not care to write about nature or history, unlike the Romantic writers, but instead, modernists dealt more with exploration and independence of one's self. Literature, during the Modern Era, developed a sense of alienation and it dealt with the acknowledgement of the individual and one’s consciousness. Modern writing showed the deterioration and alienation of the individual rather than prosperity and development....   [tags: biography, modernism, victorian age]

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë’s

- A woman living in Victorian England had very limited options in her life. From birth she was ordered around and told exactly what to do and when to do it. In Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, A young girl experiences numerous hardships that act as stepping stones as she matures in this time; from being exiled and isolated from her family, to adjusting to having job, and finally realizing her own self worth. In the early chapters of the book, the quality of independence is evident in Jane’s character....   [tags: hardships, poverty, victorian age]

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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]

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Leaps and Bounds towards Feminism

- “There are two kinds of spiritual law, two kinds of conscience, one in man and another, altogether different, in women. They do not understand each other; but in practical life the women is judged by man’s law, as though she were not a woman but a man.” Those words were said by the great Henrik Ibsen himself. Henrik Ibsen was born on March twentieth eighteen twenty eight in Skien, Norway. He grew up in poverty following the demise of his father’s business. He was exiled to Italy, and then moved on to Germany....   [tags: victorian age, henrik ibsen, doll's house]

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Victorian Dogmatism as a Gift from the Romantic Age and Prior

- Victorian Dogmatism as a Gift from the Romantic Age and Prior Walter E. Houghton prefaces The Victorian Frame of Mind by noting, "the Victorian mind remains for us blurred and obscure. It appears as a bundle of various and often paradoxical ideas and attitudes" (xiii). Houghton acknowledges the "fragmentary and incoherent" (xiii) characteristics of the Victorian period, in contrast to general assumptions defining the period simply as morally rigid and intellectually dogmatic, for instance....   [tags: Papers]

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Guilt and Corruption in Great Expectations

- Guilt and Corruption in Great Expectations The Victorian era is often cited as England’s golden age; however, beneath the trappings of silk and gold lay a society of greed and corruption. The rich lived a lifestyle of luxury and indulgence by exploiting the labor of the poor. Charles Dickens saw the injustice of the class system in Victorian society and worked to highlight the immorality of the upper class through his literature. Because Dickens himself had experienced both poverty and wealth, he recognized the inequality prevalent within the established class system and sought to expose the truth to others through Pip’s journey towards becoming a gentleman....   [tags: the victorian era, england, golden age]

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The Romantic Era And Victorian Era

- Love was something that was displayed in both the Romantic Era and The Victorian Era when reading authors work during their time. Yet with comparison of the two there has been a lot of ways to distinguish authors from the Romantic Era, and the Victorian Era. Elizabeth Browning’s “From the Sonnet from the Portuguese” she takes love into her own scenery when writing from a woman’s view. She was able to use the Romantics values as well, and still shape love around the Victorian Era. She makes it very distinguishable to where the audience could know how she would go back and forth to show her love for Robert....   [tags: John Keats, Poetry, Victorian literature]

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Britain 's Greatest Moments During The Victorian Era

- When Queen Victoria took the throne, the role of the monarchy became more symbolic. She brought youth to the throne, where previously ruthless men had controlled the monarchy. Queen Victoria helped support the Whig party and helped alleviate criticism toward the monarchy. Since she was bringing more of a symbolic role to the monarchy, it became even more common for the job of the ruler to serve as a symbolic head of the state. As in all rulers, she had her own views in politics. However, she did not always influence these views directly....   [tags: Victorian era, Victoria of the United Kingdom]

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Mouring in the Victorian Era

- Mouring in the Victorian Era The actions of Victorians upon a death is a intricate web of rituals and etiquette. In Vanity Fair, William Thackeray gives modern readers a brief glimpse into deep mourning through Amelia Sedley-Osborne. The idea of deep mourning was introduced by Queen Victoria upon the death of her husband, King Albert, who died of typhoid in 1861. At that time and for forty years after(the time of her death), the Queen mourned the loss of her beloved husband. She commanded her court to dress in mourning with her for the first three years post-mortem....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Fashion of Whiskers in Victorian England

- Whiskers: A Growing Fashion Prior to the Victorian era, men in England maintained cleanly shaven faces. With the mid-eighteen hundreds came a widespread shift toward facial hair in a multitude of styles (Camellia). The ability to grow whiskers began to be regarded as a sign of manhood. In pictures and photographs from the era, it is rare to find a male, past the age of manhood, depicted without facial hair in some capacity. As the century continued, the preferred style of facial hair grew progressively longer, bushier, and more pronounced (Nunn), but it remained “stylish for men to wear facial hair of all sizes and descriptions” (Camellia)....   [tags: Victorian Era Facial Hair]

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Men’s Fashion in Victorian London

- Men’s Fashion in Victorian London The first purpose of Clothes . . . was not warmth or decency, but ornament . . . -- Thomas Carlyle, Sartor Resartus, Book I, Chapter 5. Men’s fashion was very formal and conservative, reflecting the mores of the Victorian era. Poor, cherubic Mr. Reginald Wilfer longs for the time when he is able to have an entirely new outfit. Men’s Undergarments * Flannel and wool underclothing prevailed through the Victorian age. * Vests and undershirts were the most common form of undergarments....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Homes and Decor of the Victorian Upper-Middle Class

- Homes and Décor of the Victorian Upper-Middle Class “For, in the Veneering establishment, from the hall-chairs with the new coat of arms, to the grand pianoforte with the new action, and upstairs again to the new fire-escape, all things were in a state of high varnish and polish” (Dickens 17). The homes of upper-middle class Victorians were as extravagant as their money would afford, inside and out. In a home where one hoped to host gatherings, parties, and the like, the outside appearance spoke a bit of prestige, and it was important to make a show of as much ‘stuff’ as possible on the inside....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Careers of Diplomat versus Attache in Victorian Times

- Diplomat or Attaché: Which was the better job. How to become a Diplomat To become a diplomat, one must possess the art of diplomacy. They have to handle know how to negotiate, be well tempered and genteel. In order to become a diplomat Mr. Pitt Crawley must have had to earn and been awarded the position. In addition, he had to possess an art for politics and Etiquette. While in college Crawley mastered these diplomatic skills. He became the Private Secretary to Lord Binkie. He also became the Attaché to the Legation at Pumpernickel....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Victorian Weddings

- Victorian Weddings Like every aspect in Victorian society, great expectations were placed upon weddings. In fact, during this time frame, several guidebooks for weddings were referred to, one of these books was “Our Deportment: On the Manners and Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society” by John H. Young. Many traditions regarding weddings first took place during the Victorian Age and are still followed today. The Bride The Victorian bride was expected to follow many guidelines concerning her wedding....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Social Issues Of The Victorian Era

- The Victorian Era was a time in which many constitutional, political, and economic reform movements took place—leading it to also be known as the Age of Reform. Despite the advances made regarding numerous social issues, women during this time were still heavily restricted by societal standards. Women were prevented from having any real lives of their own and often existed only in relation to men. Their main role was primarily in the household, where they were expected to complete household duties, such as cooking, cleaning and childbearing....   [tags: Victorian era, Marriage]

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Changes During The Victorian Era

- The Victorian Era Throughout the years of 1837 to 1901, there was rapid changes in development during the Victorian Era. Some examples of the new development that took hold during the Victorian Era include advancement in medical, scientific, and technological knowledge, to the changes in population growth and location. Throughout the drastic changes. the people of the countries mood changed. Their moods started out with confidence and optimism, then towards the end of the Victorian time period it turned into a economic boom which led to uncertainty and doubt regarding Britain’s place in the world (History in Focus”)....   [tags: Victorian era, Social class]

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Victorian Newspapers

- Victorian Newspapers: The Source for Inquiring Minds In William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair, George Sedley Osborne exhibits a desire to have his name appear in the newspapers. Furthermore, he is not the only one in Vanity Fair who is concerned with the newspapers, considering the fact that the words "newspaper" and "newspapers" appear twenty-two times in Thackeray's novel. Still, there is much more to know about Victorian newspapers than Thackeray imparts to his readers. Although George is unsuccessful in getting his name in print, the following information will be successful in illustrating to its readers the when, where, and why of newspapers in the Victorian era....   [tags: Victorian Time Period]

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Spirituality in the Victorian Era

- This essay will show why interest in the occult manifested in the Victorian Era and the ways in which it did. The word ‘occult’ is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as; ‘Not apprehended, or not apprehensible, by the mind; beyond ordinary understanding or knowledge; abstruse, mysterious; inexplicable.’ And it is with this definition that we will gain an understanding of the Victorians interest in occultism, and the very different ways in which these interests were shared by female spiritualists, as well as those whom had been left spiritually bereft by the work of Charles Darwin, and the scientific thinkers of the day who believed that their work was for the greater good of humanity....   [tags: Occult in Victorian Era]

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School Codes And The Victorian Era

- Although many students born in the twenty-first century complain about school being very boring, children in the Victorian Era had a much duller education. The teachers were much stricter ( The Victorian School Day 1), the punishments much harsher (Victorian Schools 1), and the classes consisted of mostly copying and reciting (Nick P. 2). In fact, many children didn’t go to school until a law passed in 1880 that made school mandatory (Schools During the Victorian Times 1). During the Victorian Era, more children began to go to school because of school codes and more schools, and teachers taught students a variety of subjects using many different methods....   [tags: Education, School, Teacher, Victorian era]

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The Connotations Associated With The Victorian Era

- The connotations associated with the Victorian era are prudishness and repression. This era was the time period of the authors Charles Dickens and Robert Browning; like many other authors during the era, they wrote about values in society. A piece of Charles Dickens work that pertains to the era is a Tale of Two Cities, which was about conflicting values of different areas. Robert browning’s Red Cotton Night Cap Country is about the imposed values of a woman. All of the moral values during the time were set at high standards even though they were easily broken, not many people took the risk of admitting to it....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Victorian era, Morality]

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Victorian Era Of Great Britain

- The Victorian era of Great Britain marked the period where class hierarchy was most apparent. For the people in this time period, the quality of their everyday life depended on their social class. Different social classes were recognized by inequalities in areas of power, wealth, working and living conditions, education, religion and culture. The aristocrats maintained control over the political, economic and social systems that were operating in Britain. The commoners on the other hand, were left to scrape off the wastes and residues deposited by the elites....   [tags: Social class, Victorian era, Working class]

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The Mistreatment Of Women During The Victorian Era

- The Mistreatment of Women During the Victorian Era “The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognize woman as the equal of man.” (Susan B. Anthony) The Victorian era was an extremely difficult time for women in Great Britain. They were subject to gross inequalities such as, not being able to; control their own earnings, education, and marriage. As well as having a lack of equality within marriage, women had poor working conditions, and an immense unemployment rate as well. Not only was the fact that women were viewed as second-class citizens and had limited rights compared to men during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries a major problem, but women were also held to a much...   [tags: Victorian era, Marriage, Woman, Wife]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By The Victorian Era

- In the Victorian era, a woman’s place was in the home, their careers were their marriages to their husbands. From a young age, women were destined to only live for being married to men of their parent’s choice. Societies only saw women as weak, helpless and incapable of making any decisions that were not about the morals of which their children were taught and household duties. Women’s job in the Victorian era were to ensure that their homes were a place of comfort for their husbands and children from the everyday stresses of the world....   [tags: Love, Victorian era, Thought, Marriage]

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Inside the Mind of a Victorian Policeman

- Devoid of the Domestic: Inside the Mind of a Victorian Policeman “For many early Victorians, policing was a new and low-status occupation. Few men became policeman for positive reasons" (Taylor 49). Construction of the Typical Police Officer Several criteria apply to the Victorian police officer: * Policemen were typically involved in trade and were part of the lower middle class o “In Staffordshire, miners, shoemakers, brickmakers, moulders, puddlers, potters, engine drivers and even a printer joined the force” (Taylor 48)....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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How Were Widows Cared for in the Victorian Era?

- The author's thesis is that by examining the plight of widowed middle-class women a better understanding of Victorian era beliefs can be had. Victorians believed that there were separate spheres for the sexes, men had the public arena and women had the home. Victorians also believed that thrift was essential and poverty was always the fault of the poor individual, the poor could choose to better their situation. Not only is Curran looking to further the understanding of middle-class Victorian values but she is also trying to argue against the historical view that middle class women were cared for if widowed through either family generosity, their late husbands life insurance, or remarriage....   [tags: Curran, victorian, widows,]

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Leaders and Businessmen of the Victorian Era

- Uneducated Gentlemen: The Leaders and Businessmen of the Victorian Era Changing Intentions of Public Education The public education system in Victorian England was originally intended for the education of the poorer working classes, and the training of clergy (Landow, par. 2). The children of the upper classes were often educated at home by private tutors, and therefore it was assumed the public schools would be a place for members of the lower classes. Despite the original intentions of public education, the schools eventually became a primary means of helping to elevate the status of the middle classes....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Coal Usage in the Victorian Era

- Coal Usage in the Victorian Era Coal was an essential of life, especially concerning warmth and food preparation, for Victorians. The use of coal has a longer history than many suspect; predates the Victorian Era by hundred of years. The Victorians spent a great deal of time not just using various coal products, but also spent a long time thinking and disagreeing about a wide range of issues that concerned such an essential product for their way of life. The Victorians used various different kinds of this product, plant products buried underground in deposits of sedentary rock for millions of years....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Outline of Marriage in the Victorian Era

- Outline of Marriage in the Victorian Era In the Victorian era, marriage was not as romanticized or fairytale-like as depicted in many novels of the time. On the contrary, love actually played a very minor role in the majority of matrimonies that took place. An engagement was entered into as one would approach a business deal, and there were some generally accepted rules and guidelines to follow. The Rules * It was illegal to marry your deceased wife’s sister. You could marry first cousins, but attitudes changed towards the end of the 19th century, and this became frowned upon....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Women and Divorce in the Victorian Era

- Women and Divorce in the Victorian Era “There's a sanctity in this relation of life," said Mr. Bounderby, "and - and - it must be kept up." --Hard Times, 73 Once married, only one in ten women divorced. --“Life for Women” For Victorians, divorce was not only extremely expensive, it was very hard to do. Women and men stayed in unhappy marriages for numerous reasons. Many stayed away from divorce because of the stigma attached to divorced women. It was also considered a societal taboo. “Prior to 1857 England was the only Protestant country in Europe that did not have provisions for civil divorce....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Education of Boys in Victorian England

- Education of Boys in Victorian England The Upper and Middle Classes * The Elementary School Act of 1870 made school compulsory up to the age of 12. * The most famous group of public schools was referred to as “the Nine Great Public Schools.” * The famous schools were Eton, Harrow, Rugby, Winchester, Shrewsbury, Charterhouse, Westminster, St. Paul's, and Merchant Taylors. * These schools were originally opened up to everyone and sustained through the donations of wealthy donors. Initially taught boys Latin and Greek grammar but in 1861 the administration was changed and more of the sciences were included....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Blacks in Victorian England

- The Othered Victorians Introduction The Victorian period was a time of great hypocrisy. Despite the fact that the Protestant work ethic was gaining popular support amongst the Victorians and myths such as Samuel Smiles' "rags to riches" became part of mainstream Victorian culture, the Victorians were greatly divided into their respective social classes. Works like Thomas Carlyle's "The Irish Widow" and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "The Cry of the Children" exemplified the blatant disregard of the upper classes to that of the lower class....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Orphans in 19th Century Victorian England

- Orphans in 19th Century Victorian England The Victorian Era was a time of social evolution as well as technological and economic advance. A distinct, unique middle class was formed alongside the traditional working class and wealthy aristocracy. However, there were certain individuals that fell outside this model of Victorian society. The “abandoned child” was society’s scapegoat- a person without a past, without connections, without status. They could appear in any class, at any time. The upper and middle classes often had a somewhat romantic perception of them, due to their prevalence in Victorian literature....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Difficulties of Obtaining a Divorce in Victorian England

- Bound in Union: The Difficulties of Obtaining a Divorce in Victorian England Divorce Legislation of the Victorian * 1839: Child Custody Act- Women, if proven innocent of adultery, could obtain custody of their children under seven. (Previously custody had been, without exception, awarded to the father.) * 1857: Matrimonial Causes Act- established regulations for secular divorce, making civil divorce, rather than divorce by act of Parliament, possible. Also outlined grounds for divorce, which differed for men and women, and secured property rights for divorced women....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Victorian Military: Rising Through the Ranks

- Victorian Military: Rising Through the Ranks The British military was involved in some form of combat consecutively from 1837 to 1901. Consequently, military was a vital part of the life of a soldier or a young man looking to join the military profession. In order to join as an officer, a man had to purchase his position. However, those who entered as common soldiers could join for free. These men, however, were seen as the “lowest of the low.” If a man hoped to maintain his status in the military as well as society, he must first purchase his commission....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Metacognition: A Modern Perspective on Victorian Womens’ Education as shown in Aurora Leigh

- The history of women’s education is long and winding, and it is nearly impossible to overstate the evolution that has taken place in that time. An outdated focus on appealing to men with vapid accomplishments has been replaced by teaching critical thinking and useful skills, and nowhere is this contrast more obvious than in a college classroom, as a predominately female student body analyzes Victorian texts. In that setting, it comes as a pleasant surprise that all literature from the time shows support for the era’s education methods....   [tags: british poet, victorian era, analysis]

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Suitors and Courtship in the Lower Middle Class in Victorian Times

- Eligible Bachelors: Suitors and Courtship in the Lower Middle Class Trying for social advancement, single men and women of the lower middle and upper working classes sought to assume the Victorian middle class rituals of courtship and engagement. Accordingly, this aim joined with the poor finances key to these classes to lead to the complicated struggle of the bachelor. A Suitable Suitor To be considered an appropriate suitor to a lower middle class woman, a man of similar station must address and fulfill several conditions....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Novel: Victorian Women’s Guilty Pleasure

- The Novel: Victorian Women’s Guilty Pleasure Introduction Victorian single women in the middle and upper class were expected to explore charity and community service as a way to help the poor. The attitude of “ rich are busy, poor can wait” was supposed to be overturned, so that a “ poor are busy, rich can wait” attitude could alleviate the growing poverty within the lower class. Miss Crawley’s blatant disregard for the poor, in addition to her zealous behavior, would normally be shunned in Victorian society, but because of her status, her irate behavior is overlooked....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Victorian Period and Literature

- Culture is the explanation and sophistication attained through education and the revelation to the arts. Culture is not only ethnicity, but also and customs and philosophy. In Culture Learning: The Fifth Dimension on the Language Classroom Damen claims, “Culture is mankind’s primary adaptive mechanism”, to illustrate his personal definition of culture (Maximizing web). Culture can easily be effected by many things such as an idea. For example, Jeremy Bentham was the founder of Utilitarian which is the belief that actions are right if they achieve the happiness of many; numerous people opposed Bentham’s philosophy because minority interests were not included (Cruttenden 86)....   [tags: Culture ]

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The Romantic And Victorian Era

- The Romantic and Victorian Era’s, although similar in creating a massive impact within the literature community, are full of numerous differences. Each era dealt with their unique set of social impacts that were translated into various forms of media such as art, literature, and music so it would be fitting for the two to have different takes on their forms of expression especially when it came to poetry. When one thinks of a novel associated with the term “romance”, the usual concept to appear in their mind is that of the works of Sarah Dessen or any other modern author whose books consists of a women meeting a man who then fall hopelessly in love with each other....   [tags: Romanticism, William Wordsworth]

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Education During Victorian Times

- Victorian Education Research Paper Education is identified as a major canon of Victorian Times. Although education was used for primarily religious purposes and for the rich, as it was for decades prior; during Victorian Times, elements have modernized. However, based on a person’s socioeconomic status, their education was varied. Because of this, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, education has become a major aspect of reform. These reforms became the bases of our educational rules and laws today and have contributed to modern educational teachings....   [tags: religion, punishment, wealthy]

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Ethical Consumerism : The Age Of Age

- It was the age of Victoria, it was the age of empire, it was the age of imperialism, it was the age of doubt, it was the age of growth, it was the age of oppression—in short the period was a time of growth and power such that it affected the lives of even the most menial citizen of Britain. Britain was going through a time of dramatic population growth. Imperialism was also growing at a steady rate due to the population growth. Britain had to import increasing amounts of food from its vast colonies, which brought to light many questions of ethical consumerism....   [tags: British Empire, Imperialism, Goblin Market]

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Victorian Wedding Traditions

- ... Dawn Hurst demonstrates how “A Church bell at the beginning of the ceremony [drives] out evil forces, and it was considered lucky to drop wedding rings, which would free the rings from any inhabiting spirits” (Hurst 1). This is very distinctive because research states that there are barely any people who do weddings like this anymore. People are less likely to achieve this tradition because the marriages now aren’t very organized and rushed. While the Victorian time period wedding traditions were unique they were also very elegant during the time period....   [tags: religious, strict, unique, elegant]

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Oscar Wilde: Typifying the Victorian Era

- Oscar Wilde was born in October 16, 1854, in the mid era of the Victorian period—which was when Queen Victoria ruled. Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901.While she ruined Britain, the nation rise than never before, and no one thought that she was capable of doing that. “The Victorian era was both good and bad due to the rise and fall of the empires and many pointless wars were fought. During that time, culture and technology improved greatly” (Anne Shepherd, “Overview of the Victorian Era”)....   [tags: Literature, England, Gaol]

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The Voice of Victorian “Longing like Despair”

- Matthew Arnold’s Poetry: The Voice of Victorian “Longing like Despair” John Stuart Mill defined the Victorian Era as “an age of transition”, where “Mankind will not be led by their old maxims, nor by their old guides.” Other contemporary minds saw in this transition the main source of profound intellectual and moral confusion, “that may validly be described as a crisis of personal identity.” (R. A. Forsyth) The poet and Victorian literary and social critic Matthew Arnold distinctly expresses his age’s deepest anxieties, rising from a world being utterly redefined by industrialisation....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Matthew Arnold ]

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Victorian Health And Wellbeing Plan 2015

- Introduction The focal point of this report is the Victorian Health and Wellbeing plan 2015 – 2019, created by the Victorian State Government after the imminent success of the original Victorian Health and Wellbeing plan allying the years of 2011 – 2015. The plan shares the ambitions of the World Health Organisation’s Global action plan on prevention and control of non-communicable disease. These ambitions of the distinct plan are “to reduce modifiable risk-factors and underlying social determinants by creating equitable health-promoting environments while aiming to strengthen and orient health systems for disease prevention and control through people-centred healthcare” (Department...   [tags: Human sexual behavior]

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Queen Victoria As A Moral Leader And Model Of Family Values

- 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....   [tags: Victorian era, Victoria of the United Kingdom]

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Victorian Values in "Jane Eyre"

- 1) The Victorian Age: Social Background There are tow dates for the beginning of the Victorian Age in England: The first date is 1837, when the Queen Victory accessed to the British throne. However the most accepted date as the start of the Victorian Age is 1832, date of the First Reform Bill. This reform allowed the entrance of urban bourgeoisie or middle-class in the Parliament because the requirements for voting were simplified; there was an increasing number of population with the right to vote....   [tags: World Literature]

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China´s Nouveau Riche, Modernization, and Victorian Era

- China hasn’t operated with an aristocratic social group since the Han Dynasty (Global Security). The equality that was encouraged during the communist regime blocked the development of an elitist culture within China. However, communism is being glossed over in favor of capitalism, Chinese aristocrats, powered by the recent boom of the economy, are on the rise. China lacks a long established aristocratic culture due to it’s communist past, and as a result, its nouveau riche look elsewhere for examples of elitist culture....   [tags: aristocratic culture, capitalism, communism]

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Victorian Women: A Human Sacrifice

- "In herself the woman is nothing. The woman can only justify her presence on the earth by dedicating herself to others; through deliberate self-effacement, duty and sacrifice she will discover the identity and raison d'être of which, by herself, she is deprived" (Basch 5). Surrounded by such popular belief, the women of the Victorian age had to surrender their valuable possessions simply to avoid the wrath of the male dominated society. The female characters in A Dollhouse, by Henrik Ibsen, project that a woman was merely a self-sacrificing entity of society....   [tags: American Literature]

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The Time Machine: Class Conflict in the Victorian Period

- For many years, the well-known novelist, H.G. Wells has captivated the minds and imaginations of readers with his multiple best-selling books; The Invisible Man, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds. These selections however are not Wells’ most controversial novel. The Time Machine, written in 1895, is Wells’ most talked about work. Multiple different themes and various sides are seen to be taken within this novel, one of these main themes being the separation of classes. While the Morlock’s and the Eloi, in H.G....   [tags: H. G. Wells]

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From Romantic to Victorian

- From Romantic to Victorian      The Victorian Age came after the Romantic Age and took place between the years of 1832 and 1901. Throughout the Romantic Age many authors/poets concentrated and focused on the rights of the people, as well as the idea of individualism. We are going to see how those beliefs helped spring into the Victorian Age. There are three main things concerning the Victorians during this specific time period: evolution, industrialism, and women. Along with these three comes doubt....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Defining the Victorian Woman

- Defining the Victorian Woman        In the Victorian Age, there existed a certain ideology of what constituted the perfect Victorian woman. In the beginning of the eighteenth century, young girls began attending schools that offered basic skills such as reading, writing, and math. Manuals of etiquette and conduct instructed young girls in manners of society and the home (Basch 3). All of this prepared a young woman for marriage, which, in the nineteenth century, was "put forward as being the culminating point of a woman's life" (Basch 16)....   [tags: Expository Definition Essays]

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Class in Victorian Society

- Class in Victorian Society Victorian society was very different from ours. The age was in fact revolutionary. Many writers's for the first time expressed their views in writing and books were widely available to anyone with the money to buy them. Despite this, most readers were still upper class and most books were written for upper classes. This age in literary has given us a very stereotypical image of the Victorians as they are for the most part about the lives of the upper classes....   [tags: Papers]

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The Victorian Era

- In the Victorian era poets are inspired to debate among each other in the heat of enlightenment. The literature of Romanticism versus the Victorian era initially becomes a problematic subject to accept. As a Victorian poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins attacks the conception of religion by questioning the existence of God. Hopkins’ sonnets reflect this issue of an oppress religion and educates people towards the conspiracy of a change era through his magnificent poems. Hopkins stands true to the new and improve era of Victorian by conciliating the absences of divinity....   [tags: Change, Human Mind, Human Development]

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Portrayal Of Victorian Women During The Victorian Era

- suddenly. Shortly after, she committed suicide proving that her innocence could not withstand the pressure of social norms. Sibyl Vane’s superficiality was not entirely her fault because part of her idealism came from established societal gender roles. It is said that during the time period the novel was set in “women did not control the moral codes and psychological mindsets in their environment or how other people would treat them” (Gardner 3). Women during the Victorian Era were not seen as anything more than wives and mothers....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde]

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