Eighteenth Essays

  • Satire in the Eighteenth Century

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    Satire in the Eighteenth Century New ideas, original thoughts, and fresh interpretations characterized the spirit of the eighteenth century. Science was flourishing, and therefore it brought new discoveries that challenged the traditional dominating force of religion.  Influential figures of the age, such as Voltaire, Jonathan Swift, and William Hogarth, strove to assure human betterment and advance human thinking through truth and humorous criticism.  They employed the use of satire in order

  • Homosexuality in Eighteenth Century England

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    even implemented practices currently associated with homosexuality, there arose a need for common terminology. Until the eighteenth century, it was referred to through the practices and stereotypes for which its participants were known, and not for the orientation, itself. "Sodomites and Fops" were two common ways of referring to homosexuals, and for the majority of the eighteenth century, homosexuality as we currently know it was undefined. Expressing a lack of a common understanding and a general

  • Performers in Eighteenth Century British Theatre

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    Performers in Eighteenth Century British Theatre Eighteenth century British theatre was perhaps the starting point that would evolve into modern theatre. Women started to be allowed on stage and acting techniques were beginning to change. Leading performers were like celebrities with a number of fans. Theatre was an intricate part of the social ladder. In the overall scheme of things the actors and actresses played an important part in making the theatre what it was. Without the performers there

  • Feminist Perspective on Eighteenth Century Literature

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    Feminist Perspective on Eighteenth Century Literature Feminism during the eighteenth century has come to be defined by the literature of the time. Women, who did not have as many outlets as they do today, expressed their political opinions through literature itself. Although feminist texts existed before the end of the century, women writers in the final decade were seen as more threatening to the dominant patriarchal system. Following the overthrow of the government in France, women in Britain

  • The Value of Currency in Eighteenth Century England

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    The Value of Currency in Eighteenth Century England For most of the eighteenth century, a shilling a day was a fair wage for most workers. Highly skilled workmen naturally made more; unskilled laborers and farm workers fared somewhat less favorably. One shilling would take home "5 Ibs.. of meat or four rabbits, 3 quarts of strong ale, or 6 gallons of 'middling' beer" (Mays 6). M. Dorothy George relates that the cheapest theatre seat, in the top gallery, was about a shilling. And the "weekly rent


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    FAITH AND REASON DURING THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY During the seventeenth and eighteenth century many ideas were placed forth that ended up changing peopleís faith and reason. These new ideas challenged humanís conception of the universe and of oneís place in it. They challenged the view of a person, and they also challenged the belief of the economy. There were many scientists and philosophers during this time period, Francis Bacon, René Descartes, John Locke, Nicolaus Copernicus

  • Theatre and Popular Opinion In Eighteenth-Century Paris

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    The eighteenth century is widely reputed to have been the Age of Theatre in France. A unique form of entertainment and mass communication, theatrical productions brought together representatives from all degrees of social and economic status in one building to share a common experience. Despite an attitude that emphasized the glorification of French culture, the government viewed the theatre primarily as a form of entertainment and sought to prevent any deviation from this main emphasis. Although

  • European History - Societal Roles of Eighteenth Century Women

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    European History - Societal Roles of Eighteenth Century Women Throughout European history, women have struggled endlessly to become the intellectual and social equals of their male counterparts. After hundreds of years of physical labor, housekeeping, child rearing and many other difficult tasks, women’s attitudes about their place in life began to change. In the last few years of the eighteenth century (after tough and troubled decades) possible beginnings of early women’s rights were born

  • My Dad Broke My Heart

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    When I looked into my dad loving brown eyes for the very first time it was the most waited for experience in the seven teen years of my life. I consider my eighteenth birthday as a turning point in my life. Of course an eighteenth birthday is something special to a person because it the beginning of your life as an adult. Well, my eighteenth birthday was the day I began realizing that I was going into adult hood not knowing my father. That is when I knew what my wish would be as I blew out the

  • India in the Eighteenth Century

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    India in the Eighteenth Century ‘ The eighteenth century saw not so much the decline of the Mughal ruling elite, but its transformation and the ascent of inferior social groups to over political power’. Christopher Bailey examines the changing degree of influence of the Nobility. This is linked to the decline in economic power, as witnessed by the breakdown of the system of assignments that was the Nobility’s instrument of subsistence. Commercial economy is said to have expanded in light of

  • Femininity in Eighteenth-Century England

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    Concepts of femininity in eighteenth-century England guided many young women, forging their paths for a supposed happy future. However, these set concepts and resulting ideas of happiness were not universal and did not pertain to every English woman, as seen in Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. The novel follows the Bennet sisters on their quest for marriage, with much of it focusing on the two oldest sisters, Jane and Elizabeth. By the end, three women – Jane, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s

  • America's Reaction to the Eighteenth Ammendment

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    In 1917 was the point in history where Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment to amend the Constitution which stated that it prohibited the export, import, manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States. This law sparked rebellion in American citizens across the nation; many people thought this law violated their right to live by their own standards. The implementation of the 18th amendment created a large number of bootleggers who were able to supply the public

  • Education In Britain During The 18th Century

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    Education in Britain during the Eighteenth Century In Britain now a days every child must go to school to further their education. However, it was not like that in the eighteenth century. The less fortunate were not as educated because they could not afford to have their children go to school. Girls had less of a chance to go to school than boys. But as the eighteenth century went on different types of schools were established for children, adolescents, and adults. One type of these new

  • The History of England’s Masquerade

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    The History of England’s Masquerade The masquerade played a large part in the ideas and themes of England during the eighteenth century. Its popularity spanned most of the century, bringing together people of all classes, from the highest nobleman to the lowest commoner. Masquerades were a firmly established part of city life in England by the 1720's. Most masquerades were held in buildings especially designed for them, such as the Haymarket, the Soho, or the Pantheon. During the early part

  • Perceptions of the 18th Century Novel in Ian Watt’s Book, The Rise of The Novel

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    Novel in Ian Watt’s Book, The Rise of The Novel The eighteenth century novel was one that changed the way novels were written in many different ways. In reading Ian Watt's book, "The Rise of The Novel," quite a few things were brought to my attention concerning the eighteenth century novel; not only in how it was written and what went into it, but how readers perceived it. This essay will look into Ian Watt's perceptions on the eighteenth century novel and how it changed from previous literature

  • Scottish Stereotypes In Scotland In The Eighteenth Century

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    in Scotland to those who live outside of Scotland. This essay will discuss the notion of “Scottishness” and will explore the factors which cause a piece of music to be deemed as “Scottish” and what caused these factors to have changed between the eighteenth century and present-day. Throughout this essay, I will also explore the use of Scottish stereotypes presented in music to increase marketability and how these stereotypes have made it difficult for us to determine what is authentically “Scottish”

  • a bridge to the 18th century

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    Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Neil Postman identifies himself as a “neo-Luddite”. What bothers Postman most is the fact that the great innovators of this time have no frame of reference other than their own experience, and that experience is only that of the 20th century. Advocates of trends such as information superhighways and economic globalization appear to know nothing of history, philosophy and culture; they live digitally in the hollow present. Postman assesses different

  • Prostitution During the Eighteenth Century

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    During the late eighteenth century, particularly 1770s through 1790s, the common woman of London, England had a primacy through life because of the growing center of prostitution. Women, specifically single women, were considered to be destined for prostitution because of the absence of a male role model. However, some women found great success in this lifestyle because of the beneficial assets garnered within their interactions with their clients. As to the courts, benefiting some of these assets

  • Serfdom and Autocracy in the Eighteenth Century

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    Czarist Russia Gennady Shkliarevsky Spring 2010 In the eighteenth century, Muscovy was transformed into a partially westernized and secularized Russian state as a result of the rapid and aggressively implemented reforms of Peter the Great (1694-1725). Yet Peter I’s aspirations to bring Europe into Russia became problematic at the end of his reign, when his efforts eventually culminated in an absolutist autocracy and an entrenchment of serfdom into Russian life. Paradoxically, it was precisely

  • Misogyny In Eighteenth-Century England

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    Misogyny is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as the “hatred or dislike of, or prejudice against women” (2016). Eighteenth-century England was undoubtedly a misogynistic society where women were denied the same privileges and rights as men and often led limited lives. With the emergence of prose narrative and novels in the eighteenth-century as a literary form, a more nuanced portrayal of women also followed. In Daniel Defoe’s The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders, &c. (1722)