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The Importance Of Being Earnest An Attack On Victorian Society

- To what extent is the importance of being Earnest an attack on Victorian society or a vehicle to showcase Wildes literacy prowess. Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a beautifully constructed depiction of nineteenth century Victorian life. The quirky and often irreverent situations presented were often witty and amusing but in many instances revealed a biting critique of traditional expectations and behaviour. Wilde arguably would have used the play to showcase his literary prowess and it is to what extent that Wilde used the play as a platform or used the play to expose hypocritical values that would be questioned by both contemporary and modern audiences....   [tags: Victorian era, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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Oppression of Women in Victorian Society

- How would you like it ladies if you were told that your only place in this world was in the home, or that as you were born a woman you were already given the career of marriage. There would be no way out of it, no hope of changing and becoming something new and exciting, you were stuck in this position and either you made the best of it or died trying to revolt. Women held no rights. They were forced to be robots, performing only for the men they had to seek marriage to. The only jobs that women were allowed to hold was that of motherhood, they were not allowed to speak unless spoken to and certainly were not expected to have personal opinion....   [tags: European Literature]

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History of Fairy Tales within Victorian Society

- At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Puritans viewed fairy tales as inappropriate literature because they believed fairy tales to be a form of witchcraft. The attitude toward fairy tales soon changed when the Brothers Grimm published their two-volume collection called Kinderund Hausmarchen or German Popular Stories. Overnight, fairy tales became an acceptable form of literature. This sudden popularity raises some related questions: What are the reasons behind the increased popularity of fairy tales....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Puritan Culture]

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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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Prostitution and Victorian Society

- Introduction Prostitution looms large in the Victorian consciousness. The image of the fallen woman reflects the Victorian upper classes' ideas about sexuality, gender and class. The prostitute is a staple of 19th century fiction. Debate about prostitution is also a reflection of cultural anxiety about urbanization. Victorian ideas about fallenness create the ideological assumptions behind the creation of the Contagious Diseases Acts. Through the control of sexuality, the Acts reinforced existing patterns of class and gender domination....   [tags: European Europe History]

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The Victorian Society in The Picture Of Dorian Gray

- The Victorian Society in The Picture Of Dorian Gray Works Cited Missing The Victorian age was the time when the British Empire was at its strongest and greatest. People of Britain felt better and more special then other people from different countries. The nature of England had begun to change, the farming industry began to deteriorate and England started to become a manufacturing industry....   [tags: Papers]

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social layering of victorian society

- Social classes have been around since the dawn of civilization where you were classified by the survival skills that you possess and your ability to use them. Unfortunately also since the dawn of civilization there has been the conflict between the upper classes looking down upon the people below them. The Victorian era was no different lifestyles were most commonly meager and those who had a more luxurious lifestyle avoided contact with the other class. The main difference between these classes is their dress....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Patriarcal Society During The Victorian Era

- The Victorian Era started when Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837 and ended roughly the day she died in 1901. Victorian England “was a strictly patriarchal society” (Yildirim 2). It is common knowledge that during the Victorian era men and women had their own specific roles. It is also common knowledge to know that men had complete legal and economical control over the women (Mitchell 1, 142). Women were expected to stay at home to keep house and take care of the children. “Men inhabit the public sphere, and women, the private” (231) ....   [tags: queen victoria, women's role, history]

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Turban as a Symbol of Binary Oppositions in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford

- Representative of the Victorian society by abiding the ideals of its age intensely, the ladies in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford deem “appearance” and “propriety” in every conceivable way of utmost importance. In Cranford, we are presented a population formed of elderly ladies who either got divorced, got widowed, or had never been married. Their only income – bearing in mind that they are not involved in trade or labour-work as they consider such occupations as “vulgar” – is most probably family fortune....   [tags: Victorian Society, Eastern Culture]

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Jane Eyre Paves the Way for Women Advocacy and Class Expulsion

- “Prejudices… are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” (Bronte 434) The rights and responsibilities women hold in modern society significantly differ from those held in the Victorian time period. Although the transition was a long and slow fought battle it was heroines, such as Jane Eyre in Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Jane Eyre that paved the way. Through Jane’s individuality, Bronte critiqued the inclinations of the time, creating an alternative meaning to what beauty is by relating it to an internal depth....   [tags: prejudices, victorian society]

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