Victorian Life Through Color - 1,811 words
The use of color in Victorian literature and art has gone far beyond simple description to form it's very own sort of diction. Whether reading Victorian prose or looking at a Pre-Raphaelite painting one is drawn in and deeply affected by the arrangement and combination of it's colors. In the two of these mediums, each color is both powerful and used precisely either to represent a trait or emotion or to compliment other colors to form a greater representation of an idea. Furthermore, seeing these colors in the mind brings out any unconscious association, bias, or preconceived notion of what traits and emotions generally go along with a given color. This use of color is partially why Victoria ...
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Victorian England - 1,138 words
The Victorian era, from the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1837 until her death in 1901, was an era of several unsettling social developments that forced writers more than ever before to take positions on the immediate issues animating the rest of society. Thus, although romantic forms of expression in poetry and prose continued to dominate English literature throughout much of the century, the attention of many writers was directed, sometimes passionately, to such issues as the growth of English democracy, the education of the masses, the progress of industrial enterprise and the consequent rise of a materialistic philosophy, and the plight of the newly industrialized worker. In addition, ...
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Story Of An Hour: Seen But Not Heardwomen In The Victorian Age - 711 words
In an age where bustles, petticoats, and veils stifled women physically, it is not surprising that society imposed standards that stifled them mentally. Women were molded into an ideal form from birth, with direction as to how they should speak, act, dress, and marry. They lacked education, employable skills, and rights in any form. Every aspect of their life was controlled by a male authority figure starting with their father at birth and persisting through early womanhood into marriage where it was the husband who possessed control. Men believed that it was the law of the bible for one of the two parties to be superior and the other inferior. Women were ruled over as children and were to b ...
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Victorian Social Reform In Britain - 2,056 words
When considering the changes brought about in the social policy of Great Britain, in the decades immediately either side of 1900, one must look at the nation `s industrial history. The position as the world` s premier industrial nation had been cemented by the mid nineteenth century, achieved in part, as it was the first nation to industrialise. However, the headlong embrace of laissez- faire capitalism ignored the social infrastructure, and the emigration from the depressed agricultural areas to the industrial areas caused immense strain on the poorly-planned towns and cities. At the dawn of industrialisation, there were those who expressed concern about the health and hygiene of the dense ...
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Victorian Social Reform In Britain - 2,023 words
... cluded, negligible, and that the moral shaping forces on the poor were likely to be socialism and trade unionism. He was prepared to admit, that socialism offered faith, hope and dignity and that it meant more than state repression and anti-individualism . His eagerly anticipated concluding volume, was seen as disappointing, offering no solutions, no alternative to his previously noted faith in individualism and `limited socialism`. He was, after all, a recorder rather than a reformer. This he left to others, yet despite the congratulations afforded him for his statistical work, he fell back into nineteenth century conservatism and called for the expansion of the Poor Law. Beatrice Potte ...
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How Matthew Arnold Differs From Other Victorian Poets - 793 words
Matthew Arnold, poet and critic was undoubtedly an eminent Victorian. His poetry represented its age in far profounder way. The Victorian age is one of the most remarkable periods in the history of inland. It was an era of material prosperity, political consciousness, dramatic reforms, industrial and mechanical progress, scientific advancement social unrest, educational expansion and religions uncertainly. Against such a background, the poets, the novelists and the essayist of this age wielded this profile pen to portray the panorama of life as observed by them. In the field of poetry Tennyson and Browning are said to represent this age in their poetical works. Arnold, though not considered ...
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Influences In The Victorian Era - 723 words
Through out history people have been influenced by many things in society, art, music, and role models are all some of examples. One of the biggest things that makes us who we are and that we can use to tell other people what we are all about is clothing. Lawyers and doctors don't wear jeans and t-shirts. Instead they may sport a coat or shirt and tie. You don't see many garbage men wearing suits and tuxes. It was the same way through history as it is today. Clothing is, many times, very much over looked. Clothing in the dark ages where tainted with black and gray colors. Very plain and blunt styles were used, as different to the Enlightenment era where colors were first used and showed up i ...
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Male Dominance In Victorian And Shakespearean Society - 858 words
Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper illustrates the reality of mens dominance over womens lives in Victorian Society. The husband, John, treats his wife, the unnamed narrator, as a petty and trivial person and stresses his superiority over her. John belittles his wife by calling her such names as little girl and blessed little goose. At first these names for his wife do not seem important, but as the story continues it reveals Johns love for his wife is more paternal love than anything else. Men in Victorian society are represented as the dominant sex, and women portray the weaker sex. The narrator feels helpless as a woman because of her role as an entrapped woman in Victorian So ...
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Victorian Morals, Values, And Ideals - 1,402 words
The Victorian Era describes things and events in the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901). Victoria was just 18 years old when she became queen upon the death of her uncle William IV in 1837. Many people today believe that the Victorian Era is really connotations of prudish, old-fashioned, and very traditional. But, the Victorian Era is very paradoxical and very complex. In religion, the Victorians experienced a great age of doubt. On a large scale, there were many questions into Christianity and the status of society. One of them, was Friedrich Nietzsche's (1844-1900). He saw a civilization so self- confident over its mastery of science, technology, politics, and economics that for it "God i ...
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Jane Eyre - Depiction Of Womanhood In Victorian Era - 1,841 words
Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, skillfully reveals much of the sanctimony concerning women during the Victorian Era. Jane, the protagonist, has the qualities of endurance, valor, and vitality, yet she is refused self-contentment by the confined society in which she lives. Not only is this work a love story, but it is the tale of a young orphaned girl and her struggle for simpatico, for love and independence. Through the various environments Bronte provides, Jane oscillates between education and containment and also between freedom and servitude. Beginning at Gateshead, Jane has her first experience of containment in dealing with the Reeds. John Reed blatantly smothers Jane's space by tr ...
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Dover Bitch: Mockery Of Victorian Values In "dover Beach" - 349 words
Hecht's parody 'Dover Bitch' is a mockery of Victorian values shown in 'Dover Beach', as well as those of his own period. Hecht candidly exaggerates the speech, ideas and symbols in 'Dover Beach.'. The first evidence of Hecht's mockery is of speech at the beginning when he writes ' There stood Matthew Arnold and his girl......All over, etc., etc.'. He take the soft calming words of Arnold and gives them a harsh New Jersey accent. His representation of an educated woman sets the reader up to think that the woman will not sit quietly and be told what to do by her husband. But when 'she said one or two unprintable things' he took away her right to speak. Thus plunging her back to Arnold's Victo ...
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Hg Wells - 569 words
H.G. Wells writings were influenced by things such as Darwinism, the first World War, and involved extensive predictions, futuristic inventions, and humor. Herbert George Wells was born in Bromely, Kent, England in 1866. His father was a shopkeeper, and his mother was a house keeper. While Wells attended Morleys School in Bromely, most of his education came from reading. In 1874 Wells started reading lots of books while he was laid up in bed with a broken leg. From 1880 to 1883 Wells was a drapers apprentice in Windsor. After a year as a teacher in a private school Wells won a scholarship to the Normal School of Science in South Kensington. Wells did well his first year, then faltered during ...
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Haightashbury In The 1960s - 771 words
The district of Haight Ashbury covered a five-block area starting at the Golden Gate Park and ending around the intersection of Shrader and Haight The appeal of Haight Ashbury? Simple; low rent, old Victorian homes, there were little shops everywhere, and a small town good vibe atmosphere and a need for acceptance from ones like themselves. The appeal of Haight Ashbury was simple: low rent, old Victorian houses, little shops everywhere, small town atmosphere and a contagiously good vibe. In the 1960s San Franciscos Haight Ashbury district was a national symbol through the lifestyle, the music, the people, and the publicity they thrilled a generation of American youth and scared there Parents ...
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Skyscrapers - 1,403 words
The architectural design of the 20th century skyscrapers has been redefined due to the advancement of our modern technology. Humanity 450 Dr. Maureen Schmid 17 May 1999 The architectural design of the 20th century skyscrapers has been redefined due to the advancement of our modern technology. In our modern society, the architectural design of skyscrapers is changing the downtown landscape of metropolitan areas. Due to the change of technologies, it has changed the architectural design of skyscraper dramatically in terms of the its function, design structures, heating and cooling systems and it social status in society. The basic function of the architecture is to provide a roof over peoples ...
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Theodore Dreiser - 1,254 words
Theodore Dreiser was born August 27, 1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana. The younger brother of Paul Dresser, a well-known songwriter, Theodore was a famous novelist known for his outstanding American writing of naturalism. He was also a leading figure in a national literary movement that replaced the observance of Victorian notions of propriety with the unflinching presentation of real-life subject matter. Even though a majority of his works were about his life experiences, he also wrote about new social problems that had risen in American at the time as well as things sexual in nature. Dreiser was born the ninth of ten surviving children in a family that was stricken with life-long poverty. His ...
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Margaret Atwood Biography - 473 words
Novelist, poet, short story writer, critic, teacher, and feminist Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born on November 18, 1939. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Atwood was the second of three children to Carl Edmond and Margaret Dorothy Killam Atwood. She went on to marry writer, Graeme Gibson, and give birth to a daughter named Jess. Atwoods religion was that of Immanent Transcendentalist. During her childhood, she spent her summers in Northern Quebec while her father fulfilled aspirations of being a forest entomologist. Her time spent in Northern Quebec during her youth, was a significant influence on the novel Surfacing which was published in 1972. Upon coming out of what Atwood often refers to a her da ...
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The Awakening - 803 words
When faced with the question of "which novel did I have the greatest reaction to this semester?", the first story that came to mind was The Awakening. Although written from the perspective of a woman, I found that this story rendered my greatest emotional appeal. It is a story of a woman, Edna Pontellier, who transforms herself from an obedient housewife to a person who is alive with strength of character and emotions that she no longer has to suppress. The metamorphosis is shaped by her surroundings. It is the narrow minded view of society in Victorian times that makes this story possible. Just as her behavior is more shocking and horrifying because of her position in society, it is that ve ...
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Alices Adventures In Wonderland A Child Lost In A World Of Adults - 1,077 words
Lewis Carrolls Wonderland is a queer little universe where a not so ordinary girl is faced with the contradicting nature of the fantastic creatures who live there. Alices Adventures in Wonderland is a childs struggle to survive in the condescending world of adults. The conflict between child and adult gives direction to Alices adventures and controls all the outstanding features of the work- Alices character, her relationship with other characters, and the dialogue. Alice in Wonderland is on one hand so nonsensical that children sometimes feel ashamed to have been interested in anything so silly (Masslich 107). The underlying message of Alices Adventures in Wonderland is a rejection of The ...
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Amusing The Millions - 1,167 words
Defying the traditional Victorian way of life, Coney Island at the beginning of the twentieth century had a profound impact on societal norms. Outside of Coney Island, women were often treated as inferior while men ruled the throne in nearly all aspects of life. However, within Coney Island the gender gap was equalized. Coney Island served as a catalyst to a change in the traditional mindset. In traditional society, women were resigned to the role of wife and homemaker. At Coney Island, however, women experienced more freedom of the opposite extreme. The hotels, amusement parks, and rides and events that the civilians encountered displays the immorality that was assumed at the turn of the ce ...
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Oliver Twist - 829 words
Oliver Twist provides insight into the experience of the poor in 1830s England. Beneath the novels humor and dramatic plot runs an undertone of bitter criticism of the Victorian middle class's attitudes toward the poor. Dickens's Oliver Twist very vividly critisizes the legal system, workhouses, and middle class moral values and marriage practices of 1830s England. Oliver Twist is born a sickly infant in a workhouse. His birth is attended by the parish surgeon and a drunken nurse. His mother kisses his forehead and dies, and the nurse announces that Oliver's mother was found lying in the streets the night before. The surgeon notices that she is not wearing a wedding ring. Oliver is then plac ...
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