Victorian literature is a literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the success; of right over wrong. It happened to be in the Victorian era (1837–1901) that the novel became the leading classification in English. Women played an important part in this rising popularity both as authors as well as readers. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), the title of the book was meant to highlight the inferiority of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, "unimportant" in the social sense.
Amy Bloom writes,¨She (Rose) had her first psychotic break when she was 15.¨ Prior to this mental break, Violet thought of Rose as a talented and beautiful sister; she begins to feel distant towards her in the midst of Roseś crisis but she always is willing to help in any way she can. After Rose being diagnosed, Violets feels the need to protect her sister from the very people who were supposed to be protecting her. Amy Bloom, author of Silver Water, uses Violetś beautiful family bond to portray how families unite in the most troubling of times; family is there for each other when all else fails. But, even this strong love isn 't enough to cure a mentally ill person. Early on in the story, Rose is in a very bad mental state and despite her therapists trying to help her and her family come to a better place, she doesn 't seem to want or accept aid of any kind.
But despite this, there were also dark sides to the beauty: the classes, lack of women’s rights and working children. All these topics are conversed by the two famous authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. After reading “Persuasion” by Jane Austen, and watching two versions of “Mansfield Park” as well as “David Copperfield” and “Hysteria”, I have now decided that this essay will mainly be about equal rights between the genders and the differences between the working class and the aristocrats. In the text I will also mention socioeconomical issues and social science. My main focus will be women, how they lived, and survived, in the sexist society during the Regency era.
The Rejection of Victorian Ideals in Dracula Within Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stoker gives readers an interesting yet controversial look into what love and sexuality is like in Victorian society. In the 19th century men and women had distinct roles. Women were confined to their homes and burdened with the idea that they couldn’t do the jobs that the men did and that they were only useful for being subservient and dependent. Men had the privilege of being able to vote and work imperative jobs outside of the home (“Gender Roles in the 19th Century”). Jane Austen’s romantic novel Pride and Prejudice displayed the battle that women had when it came to being a feminist.
Miss and Mrs. Bates Miss Bates is an unmarried woman, who lives with her mother: Mrs. Bates. She is Emma’s friend, however sometimes Emma is impatient of Miss Bates’s talk, especially when her topic is Jane Fairfax [Miss Bates’s niece]. As it was discussed above, in the Box Hill Emma offends Miss Bates. This way, this character is an important one; on her example the way Emma behaves towards those who is below her socially is shown. At the same time, while explaining to Harriet why Emma does not want to marry, she says that being “a single woman, with very narrow income, must be a ridiculous, disagreeable, old maid!” (Austen 1815: 83) Emma believes that this “does not apply, however, to Miss Bates; she is only too good natures and too silly to suit me; but, in general, she is very much to the taste of everybody, though single and poor… and nobody is afraid of her: that is a great charm” (Austen 1815: 83).
By self-consciously distancing herself from the intellectuals of her time, she crafted her works as endeavours at transforming society. With the utopian novel as her genre of choice, Gilman provides readers with a deeper sense of understanding of the ills of a society that subscribes to and is fixated with masculinity. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1869-1935)was one of the leading intellectuals of the American women’s movement in the first two decades of twentieth century. Being a suffragette, Gilman confronted an even larger problem – economic and social discrimination against women. Her 1898 book, Women and Economics, was repeatedly printed and translated into seven languages.
“They were women who idolized their children, worshipped their husbands, and esteemed it a holy privilege to efface themselves as individuals and grow wings as ministering angels.” (pg 40) Edna finds the role of a mother being lackluster and only impeding her from awakening her inner consciousness. She realizes it would only bring her imprisonment and the lack of independence. She denies the role of a mother to carry out duties and responsibilities for her family rather pursue her dreams she longed for. While at Grand Isle while sitting on the front porch, Adele is sewing winter clothes for her children, although winter is far ahead. It shows her loving care toward her children.
Feminism is a social movement which has a great impact on literary criticism: the modern women movement began in the early eighteenth century and the feminist movement produced a large quantity of fiction in feminist version from then on, pushing the female which were in the marginal and inferior status into people's field of view. Gothic fiction is a genre of literature that combines with fiction, horror, death, and at times romance. The gothic as a genre can engages with issues of feminism and the division of gender in various ways. Some of the texts written in the nineteenth century have been concerned with issues of gender: "The Oval Portrait", a short story first published in 1842, is one of the earliest works of Edgar Allan Poe in which
Therefore, women suffered from severe economic and social debilities. He reveals the injustice of the social codes of nineteenth-century Britain and their negative impact on the lives of the Victorians, especially on the working class women. Far From the Madding Crowd was written when women evidently had an inferior status compared to men, and were severely limited in terms of their economic opportunities. Hardy felt compelled to challenge the social conventions of Victorian society in his novels, and by doing so he wished to redefine the role of women. Hardy portrays Bathsheba and Fanny in a sharp contrast to each other in patriarchal society.
The question of feminine insanity and madness within literature has been a topic of much debate within literary studies, particularly among those scholars who focus on feminist readings of the texts in question. Many of these new readings and analyses are based on or heavily rely on the influential work of Gilbert and Gubar, who focused on the issue of female madness within Victorian fiction in their work The Madwoman in the Attic. As they posit in their work, female authors of the time were confined to only two models of femaleness within their works, either the pure angel or the untamed madwoman. Here they also introduce the idea of the double, which harkens back to the dark doppelgänger from the gothic tradition. As they explain in the preface