"Victorian Era" Essays and Research Papers

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The Suppression of Women in Pygmalion

Twentieth century Britain is dubbed the Victorian era in which the woman is just the female of humanity, and that they have certain things to do in society. It is socially accepted that women care solely for the children, the house, the cooking and the cleaning and the men are the breadwinners and disciplinarians. Writer, Bernard Shaw, who was "dedicated to tearing down what he saw as the oppressive veil of Victorian ideal of womanhood-that women are self-sacrificing, pure, noble, and passive"...

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Is Alice in Wonderland and Absurd Book?

of the Victorian era in topics of etiquette, education and prejudice. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is also a tribute to a child’s ability to adapt and accept a hostile environment. Carroll has cryptically satirized adults’ and their treatment of children, by portraying them as authorarian and strange creatures. This work of fiction was written in the Victorian era, a time now remembered for its stifling propriety and constructive morals. Carroll has mirrored these aspects of Victorian society...

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Charles Dickens - Great Expectations

particular character as the conduit between social body and physical body, the author successfully blends together the kinship inherent to these aspects of British life. Miss Havisham is instrumental in establishing the link between the traditional Victorian society and the manner in which women finally gained significant changes in their investments. The economic health of society at the time of Great Expectations can easily be determined by the manner in which Miss Havisham's personal history of poor...

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Jane Eyre’s Struggle Between Conscience and Passion

creates for her an internal struggle. In the final chapters of the novel, Jane’s conscience eventually defeats her passion for individualism, completing her internal journey and creating a victorious conclusion. Jane grew up in the Victorian Era in England, and era in which women faced much inequality and prejudice. This is the box that confines Jane throughout most of the novel, and ignites her passion to break free of it and be an equal, individual woman. Jane expresses this on page 129 and...

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The Collector: by John Fowles

reflected particularly in the dominant male characters of the story. The Victorian era had many ideals and values foreign to the modern world, particularly in the case of equality and the role of women. At the time Hardy was writing Tess of the D’Urbervilles there was much change brought about concerning women’s rights and ideals, “hysterical forces unleashed by the suffragette movement represented a challenge to the Victorian status quo. The role and status of women were being redefined, and writers...

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Purse Snatching

06 March 2013 Victorian Era In a Victorian marriage, a husband dominates his wife. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of An Hour” Louise Mallard contemplates the significance of the news that her husband had been killed in a train wreck. Chopin creates Louise in order to protest how wife was oppressed in marriage and her works suggest that Louise was oppressed psychologically, politically and economically. In the patriarchal world of the nineteenth century women were oppressed psychologically...

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Jane Eyre

 Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre emerges with a unique voice in the Victorian period for the work posits itself as a sentimental novel; however, it deliberately becomes unable to fulfill the genre, and then, it creates an altogether divergent novel that demonstrates its superiority by adding depth of structure in narration and character portrayal. Joan D. Peters’ essay, Finding a Voice: Towards a Woman’s Discourse of Dialogue in the Narration of Jane Eyre positions Gerard Genette’s theory of convergence...

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The Role of the Writer in Society

Another example is the renowned novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Although Dickens’ literature was chronologically later than that of Shakespeare, his work was no less influential. He is identified as the one of the best writers of the Victorian era and one hundred and forty years after his death, Dickens’ novels such as ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’, like that of Shakespeare, are still also taught in schools and colleges, films are also made and re-made of his novels and are still...

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How are characters presented as disturbed in Macbeth, Laboratory and My Last Duchess?

the lust for power and the upmost authority over a victorious Scotland featuring an Elizabethan audience whereas Robert Browning’s poems, Laboratory and My Last Duchess, is about the overcoming of jealously and betrayal set during the Victorian era with a Victorian audience. Macbeth in the beginning of the play is a noble, humble and honourable person who, without question would sacrifice his life for the liberty of his King, Duncan. As the play progresses he attitude towards life in general changes...

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Feminism in Jane Eyre

not. It would not be surprising to say that the novel has very feminist undertones because of the time period, the Victorian Era, in which women were treated poorly. However, one could argue that Jane Eyre is actually an anti-feminist novel due to some of the context throughout the story. Both these feminist and anti-feminist ideals portrayed the overall position of a woman in Victorian society. Although at some points the novel was clearly feminist, other times in displayed more of an anti-feminist...

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