Eighteenth Century 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

  • 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


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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

  • Homosexuality in Eighteenth Century England

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    the Fourteenth Century on, Western Europe was gripped by a rabid and obsessive negative preoccupation with homosexuality as the most horrible of sins" (Boswell 262). The majority of people did not understand or accept the idea, and consequentially did not have an appropriate way of talking about it. Over the years, as various cultures identified and even implemented practices currently associated with homosexuality, there arose a need for common terminology. Until the eighteenth century, it was referred

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Eighteenth Century Prison Conditions

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    Eighteenth Century Prison Conditions Eighteenth century prisons had appalling conditions. The conditions in every aspect were horrendous, the cells were bare, empty rooms except for a bed and if you were lucky a fireplace with overcrowding in most prisons affecting conditions, prison was not the best place to be living unless you were rich. Most conditions were due to the fact that no one tried or attempted to rehabilitate the prisoners, prisons were just built to hold people until they

  • The Heavenly City of Eighteenth Century Philosophers

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    Great Chain of Being as the concept that gave absolute structure to society. b. The world of the philosophes c. The commonly ascribed difference between the two d. Becker’s argument i. The eighteenth century philosophers were more similar to the thirteenth century theologians than to humans today. ii. The 18th century philosophers, he maintains, were trying to (possibly unconsciously) deconstruct the heavenly city of the old religious order and reconstruct it back on earth. In substituting progressivism

  • Boston And New York In The Eighteenth Century By Pauline Maier

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    In the essay, “Boston and New York in the Eighteenth Century” by author Pauline Maier describes the duties and personalities to the American colonial cities and what made New York and Boston so exclusive and distinctive from one another by the point of the eighteenth century. Maier comes to an end of the cities that are being observed and concentrated functions of the Boston and New York were the local capitals and important to the cultural centers of newspapers and pamphlets being advertised, deliberated

  • 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • History Of The Clarinet

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    The clarinet is a woodwind instrament consisting of a cylindrical wood, metal, or ebonite pipe with a bell-shaped opening at one end and a mouthpiece at the other end, to which a thin reed is attached. The clarinet has five different sections, the mouthpiece, the barrel, the upper section, the lower section, and the bell. The length of the entire instrument is 60 cm long. The mouthpiece section consists of a slotted cylinder, to which a reed is attached by a metal clamp called a ligature. The mouthpiece

  • Scottish Stereotypes In Scotland In The Eighteenth Century

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    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” and

  • Gender Emergence in England’s History

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    system of gender difference was established during the English Restoration and eighteenth century" (295). McKeon, a professor of English literature at Rutgers University is also the author of several essays, including "Politics and Poetry in Restoration England" and "Origins of the English Novel." McKeon uses the term 'patriarchalism' because it attaches itself to a "traditional regime" which will in later centuries be replaced by the "modern conception of gender" (296). This term is mainly identified

  • Comparison of Pope and Swift

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    Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift in their respective poems, The Rape of the Lock and The Progress of Beauty, offer opposite representations of the nature and function of cosmetics in eighteenth century society. In The Rape of the Lock, Pope gives a positive representation of cosmetic’s nature and function in eighteenth century society. On the other hand, Swift’s representation takes a very negative tone. Both poets clearly appreciate and admire the natural beauty of a woman and their opposite opinions