The average life a person lives in this time period comes easy. Though we may have certain struggles, they don’t compare to the daily problems of lower class throughout the Victorian Era. Although there were many successful people during this time, poverty became a huge issue for the common family. Poverty issues influenced adults as well as the children. All ages got the enjoyment of life stolen from them in this rigid era.
Trevor Heck Mrs. Ecker English 1PreAP 1 February 2018 Research Paper Victorian Era The Victorian era was filled with many things that range from working labor to class. In this era your life depended heavily on your class, unlike today. Thing such as clothing to what you did described everything about you, what you do , and how your life played out even as a child. This time period your parents’ either blessed you with a high class or cursed you with back-breaking labor for the rest of your life. Some needed information that needs to be known about how this era came to be are, why it started, who ran this era, and why it ended.
Undoubtedly, a great amount has changed since the Victorian Era. Technology, fashion, and transportation all have changed in obvious and notable ways. One thing that is harder to define and take note of, however, is how people have changed. Societally, how have they changed? Women in the Victorian Era were diminished and degraded to the point of property, which is a difference from many places across the globe in modern day.
When Imperialism made its way to American colonies, so did Victorianism. America exploded with new technological advances and a new vision on the future. This strategic move was a positive merger between America and Britain. Many of the inventions that were introduced are still in use today for travel and leisure, but most are currently being used in import and export trades. Because there was an Imperial system, the Victorian age was apparent.
In the Victorian Era, women hardly had any rights from having jobs to abiding by a dress code. Before they were even married, they experienced prejudice . According to the “The Working and Middle Classes in Victorian Era England”, women were seen (by men) as emotional and unstable to the point where “they were incapable of making rational decisions.” This was completely unfair for women because the fact that they raised kids and managed domestic life showed their responsibility proved that they could make rational decisions. This denies their basic human rights because women have the freedom to think and make decisions. Once a woman marries, all of her property would go to her husband and she must live under his shadow.
With the imperialistic drive being a bigger motive for Europe, he could depict the harshness of the Victorian Era class system in his novel Heart of Darkness. Not only were the effects of the class system that made it dangerous, but also how easily it can spread. These themes are present in Heart of Darkness due to the Victorian Era being one of the worst time periods for class diversity. Also, Conrad presented the story from the point of view of a white man, or Middle Class worker, just so the reader can see what goes on directly below and above him in the social hierarchy. While there has always been a class system for all types of societies, the Victorian Era may be the worst since the poverty problems at the time gained little attention, yet a numerous amount of people fell victim to it.
A main reason was that people in the upper class had better living conditions than the lower. In spite of this, there were still many infant deaths, no matter what class they were born. Of everyone born in the 1850’s, only 40% of them would get through their childhood and live to be sixty (“Death and Childhood in Victorian England”). Another large difference was what women did in their daily lives. There was no need for rich women to really raise their kids, because they could afford someone to look after them.
The essay aims to evaluate the social structure of the Victorian Era in regards of their social classes that includes Elite class, upper class, middle class, working class and lower class and their issues that they had faced while living their life in that era. However, before highlighting the social structure of Victorian era, it is important to understand the formation and working of Victorian society. Last of all, it further discusses the rise of Victorian middle class era that has transformed the Britain Society in the current social structure. Introduction to Victorian Era The Victorian era named after Queen Victoria succeed the throne in the year 1837 was one of the most rapidly progressing era of the Britain’s history as it was the era of revolution of peace and prosperity, changes in society and social background, politics, art and science. In addition, it was the era where different social classes was determined as elite class, upper class, middle class, working class as well as lower class among people.
Britain under the Regency era and the Victorian period Throughout this written assignment I´m going to discuss the Regency Era and Victorian period, two different periods in two different centuries. I´m going to discuss the topics “women issues” and “social classes” that were in these two periods in Great Britain. To strengthen my examples, I´m using two versions of the Mansfield Park series and the the novel Persuasion written by Jane Austen. The British time periods British time can be divided into small time periods, for instance Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Georgian and Victorian. Within the Georgian period from 1714 to 1837 we find an even smaller period called the Regency era that lasted
The Victorian Age which was started in 1837 with the succession of the crown of queen Victoria, was the age of duality and contradictions. Duality in literature, science, religion, society and life surrounded the period. In one hand, there were a strict perception of religion and moral on the other hand there were prostitutes and child laborers. The economical contradiction was also at the top of its age. While the industrial revolution was actualizing, the class structure of England capsized.