In Gothic fiction we find different kinds of women, which embody the views of society towards women in the late nineteenth-century in England and Ireland. Thus we find strong, innocent and pure women like in Stoker’s Dracula, but also dangerous and powerful ones as we can see in Le Fanu’s “Carmilla”. However, we also could talk about some novels in which the role of women has disappeared completely, as we can appreciate in Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The aim of this paper is to analyse the role of women in these texts, paying special attention to Stoker’s novel, and to draw an overview of how they were represented in the society of the nineteenth-century. Freeman claims in his essay “E.
The Romantic era and the Victorian era are two major periods in English literature. The main difference between Romantic and Victorian poetry lies in the way these two schools of poetry portrayed life and philosophy. Romantic poetry was influenced mainly by nature and it was considered as an idealistic refuge for the human soul. While Victorian poetry was influenced by the industrial revolution and the scientific discoveries of this period. However, despite the fact that William Wordsworth is a Romantic poet and Matthew Arnold is a Victorian poet the two writers share similarities in the use of nature, nostalgia, simplicity in style and morality.
DISCUSSION ON REALISM AS A LITERARY MODE BY VICTORIAN WRITERS Sergio Ramírez Pascual Realism is a movement that takes place during the 19th century. But how do Victorian writers make use of it in their works? Throughout this essay we will try to give an answer to this question by defining what realism exactly is, and examining texts from 19th century authors such as Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton in order to find its main features reflected in them. First of all, it is worthwhile describing the context in which Victorian writers lived, so as to have, if not the same, at least a very close perspective to that of them. The Victorian Age was an age of industrialization that came with a sort of dehumanization.
Discuss the imaginative response to the figure of Elizabeth I in The Faerie Queene Book III. What was possibly the most challenging disruption to the patriarchal society in sixteen century England was the presence of a dominant and influential queen on the throne, Elizabeth I who remained there for 45 years. Stephen Greenblatt tells us that Spenser glorified power, especially imperialistic power, and the poet 's life and career in Ireland and his myriad of attempts to achieve status and fame proposes to us that he had a absolute concern in flattering both the queen and her court, and many reasons to “present the party line in his epic romance”. (Villeponteaux) In this essay I would like to discuss the way female power is portrayed by the
The men in the novel always feel superior to the women and so, they obtain the more powerful roles while the women are assumed to abide by and admire them. They are perceived as strong and brave. The women are weak and inept. For example, Peter was always taken as the leader, the one who is trusted to lead the others. Edmund embodied the ultimate male trait – aggressiveness – which he uses to menace his siblings.
The dynamic between men and women has been examined in literature since the age of Chaucer and has progressed as time passed. By the Victorian Age, women were seen as the submissive half of their husbands who stayed home to run the household while the husband went to work. Women were also placed upon a pedestal that a human is incapable of reaching. The Victorian view of women was highlighted in Christina Rossetti’s poem “In an Artist’s Studio”, and Coventry Patmore’s poem “The Angel in the House”. In the poem “In an Artist’s Studio”, Rosetti describes a woman through the eyes of a male artist.
The Victorian Era, in which Austen and Dickens’s novels were written, saw a significant shift in the form of the novel. The form began in the Romantic Period, with novels feeling under the category of “pop” literature (Greenblatt, 2012a). However, under the structure of the Victorian Era, novels not only gained popularity, but began to be viewed as much more reputable in literary circles (Greenblatt, 2012b). In addition, the subject matter of literature changed during this time. According to the Glossary of Literary Terms, “much of the writing of the period, whether imaginative or didactic, in verse or in prose, dealt with or reflected the pressing social, economic, religious, and intellectual issues and problems of that era” (Abrams & Harpham, 2012).
The statement ‘masculinity in Victorian literary texts is a category radically divided, re-imagined and problematic’ sums up not only masculinity but also the main male characters from Victorian literature. Some of the most memorable male characters within literatures comes from this era, and they are radically divided from women, they are re-imagined character from the typical Anglo-Saxon white English gentleman, and in no way a stereotypical male, (even creating a new stereotype) and yet they are all problematic flawed characters. The most memorable masculinity novels have characters that are divided, re-imagined and problematic like that of Heathcliff, Allen Quatermain Sherlock Holmes and Watson. With a close textual analysis readers can see how these Victorian masculine characters are made immortal. Masculinity cannot be assessed without femininity to contrast to, even in the book that is for boys written by a boy and about boys King Solomon’s Mines, written by H. Rider Haggard.
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.
Remarkable changes brought England to develop their highest point of their economy, establishing them as a world power. However, the economy was affected by the cause of the uncontrollable industrialization, transmitting this to social and economic problems. The Victorian period is divided into three stages: early Victorian period (1837-