"Victorian Era" Essays and Research Papers

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How do Victorian attitudes to marriage and respectability underpin the comic elements of the importance of being Earnest?

13. How do Victorian attitudes to marriage and respectability underpin the comic elements of the importance of being Earnest? Plan: Jack and Algernons alter egos, Wilde and his social rebellion through his characters. Marriage is loveless, wealth and background takes priority over most things, Algernon supports this with a quote (once again hes the rebel) Marriage is the end of freedom, Cecily wants to break free, very curious woman who looks at society differently. takes a liking to...

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Lewis Carroll

interactions with his close friends and family, and the innovative and eccentric society and politics of the Victorian Era, he has created beautiful poetry with many different levels. The Victorian Era lasted from 1837 until 1901, which was the time during Queen Victoria's reign in England. The term Victorian has "conveyed connotations of ‘prudish', ‘repress', and ‘old fashioned'"(Landow 1). This era is now seen as a time of " great expansion of wealth, power, and culture"(Landow 1). This change in ideas...

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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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Homosexuality In Bram Stoker's Dracula

During the Victorian era, sexually transmitted diseases were rampant because of the prevalence of prostitution. This outbreak provoked a feeling of consternation amongst people, and there grew a stigma around women's sexual expression. In Dracula, Bram Stoker addresses this issue and suggests that women should remain chaste and suppress their dangerous sexuality, which wreaks havoc if unleashed. In the novel, Mina’s innocence is juxtaposed to Lucy’s coquettish behavior. The characters reflect how...

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Charles Dickens and His Contributions to Classic English Literature

Most of Dickens’s novels were written episodically in monthly or weekly journals such as Master Humphrey’s Clock (Wikipedia). Due to this, the stories were affordable, accessible to anyone in that era. On top of that, his stories were widely anticipated by his readers causing many to be more interested in the classic English literature. The other impact of his episodic writings was his exposure to the opinions of his readers. He was able to analyse the public’s reaction to his works before starting...

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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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The Gibson Girl Takes America

The Gibson Girls were personifications of the feminine ideal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They represented an optimistic, morally inclined, and traditional society post Victorian Era. From fashion to culture and beyond, much can be taken from the Gibson Girl drawings. These “women” reveal a tremendous amount about the social perceptions of femininity and the place of a woman in Society during the early 20's. The Gibson Girl was the pen and ink creation of illustrator...

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