In 1854, Dickens’ political mindset regarding technological progress was coupled with intrigue in lieu of its possibilities but with worry “for the individual and for the quality of working-class life” (Fielding and Smith 425). Many of the descriptions regarding the social and physical environment are exaggerated and some even absurd. In the opening chapter, we experience Mr. M’Choakumchild speech about life being about solely facts and the undesirableness of a fanciful mentality (Dickens 1.1.3-4). In such instances, the implication of the headmaster’s name and his expression define the dangerous grasp of utilitarian values upon the students. Richard Arneson makes the argument that Dickens’ portrayal of the effects of utilitarian education exemplifies his criticism (65).
Thomas Hardy closely witnessed the social institutions and problems of his society in the nineteenth century, and his novels frankly deal with various social institutions and honestly address social problems within the confines of his art. In Victorian England religious and social institutions such as church, family and marriage were deeply rooted in patriarchy. True to its nature patriarchy automatically limited women and privileges men. Victorian society, dominated as it was by patriarchal ideology, restricted women physically and mentally, and severely limited their economic opportunities as well. Therefore, women suffered from severe economic and social debilities.
caused a vast immigration of the people from the village and farm to spreading new factory towns .”3. Fear of unemployment and starvation has led workers to toil under inhuman working conditions at law wages . Industrialism has brought wealth and prosperity to the country , but at the same time has widened the gab between the rich who have become richer and the poor who have become poorer . p33 There has been a wide gulf between the poor and the wealthy classes , and exposing and ' ' narrowing it constituted the great challenge of the time . "4 p34 Some novelists , like Dickens have revealed the world of the poor class in his novels and p2 reinforced his novels with “ factual details [ that ] .. really shocked the novel readers .”5 of
Caravantes also explores this aspect of Dickens in his quote about isolation “How much I suffered it is ...utterly beyond my power to tell”(12). With Magwitch dickens captures the biases of the courts, the cycle of imprisonment, and inhumane punishments of the Victorian justice
Due to, these dramatic changes in the Victorian period Charles Dickenson wrote different novels including Christmas Carol. In the novel Christmas Carol we can observe the impact the period had in the writer. He demonstrates the difference of powerful persons and how they treated the poor population. Also, it shows the cold hearted that the power can make a wealthy person. Regardless, Dickenson expresses his thought of the social changes in this novel of what was happening in that period to what moral person should be.
Oscar Wilde wrote his plays against the backdrop of the Victorian English society. It therefore helps to discuss the salient aspects of the Victorian society. Victorian England is known for many paradoxes -- glaring contrasts between the rich and the poor, insistence on morality on the one hand and the practice of cynicism on the other, blooming creativity pitted against blatant constriction, imperial grandeur since Britain was then ruling almost one fifth of the total surface of the earth and domestic squalor since the majority of people did not have decent means of livelihood, and finally collectivity dictated by tradition opposed to the rapidly developing individualism. The class system denied the talented members of the lower classes access to social and economic advancement. The upper classes alone had the privilege of working in the government, the armed forces, and the church, while trade was monopolized by the rising middle class.
The Ghost Map weaves this battle of theories and quest for truth together in such a way that it showcases how some ideas are so powerful that they hold even the most intelligent individuals in ignorance and propel the most determined towards actuality. The power of ideas changed London and went on to change the world. In the 1850’s many individuals tried to change London’s cholera problem for the better; and while these crusades to better London were with good intentions, many ultimately made the problem worse. Londoners, living in the largest city in the world at the time, successfully transformed London into a cesspool. Residents often
The first image that comes to mind when one thinks of Charles Dickens is that of bleak buildings engulfed by the fog; a stained city, home to many desperate individuals, where if beauty and horror can stand alongside, injustice often lays down the law. Indeed, it is first and foremost as an urban writer denouncing, through descriptions full of humour and satire, the social discrepancies of the industrial society that Dickens is mostly remembered for. This dark world in which his characters evolve is far from the wilderness and pastoral images more readily associated with words such as ‘nature’ or the ‘environment’. Nonetheless, contrary to this traditional analysis, or rather, in the hope to put forward elements which have not yet been tackled,
Generally, emotions direct our life. People cannot live without emotion. According to me, if a person hasn’t any emotion, he or she will become stoned-hearted. In this novel, Dickens emphasizes the Utilitarian education, the arrogance of the middle and upper class, and the industrial revolution. Every character gets into difficulty in this novel.
Orphans are those unlucky children who have lost their parents or who are abandoned by their parents to live a life full of misery without any love and affection. Oliver Twist is one such novel in which we come across a miserable life led by Oliver an orphan, after the death of his mother at his birth whose father’s presence is unrevealed. Charles Dickens Charles Dickens was the major novelist in Victorian age. He represented in his novels poorest sections of the society who could not stand for themselves. His main characters are drawn from poor sections of the society and their interaction with the rich.