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.
Emily Brontë’s single novel Wuthering Heights (1847) is a unique masterpiece for the image of love and passion that gives and the unusual narrative structure. Her sister Charlotte and hers Jane Eyre were more rooted in convention but dared in her own way. George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans), appeared during 1860s, in her books was mostly concerned with ethical conflicts and social problems. Elizabeth Gaskell primary intention was to analyze work-class, to inform middle-class about workers condition and to offer solution in social and political problems. Indeed Emily Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell’s works made a huge contribute to English literature but as well as they have similarities they also have differences.
Northanger Abbey was the first completed novel by Jane Austen, one of the most famous novelists of the early 19th century and British novelists in general. Austen is known for her social commentary, as well as romance, for which some of her works like Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility are popular even today. Northanger Abbey is a novel famous for its satirizing of the Gothic novel, simultaneously criticizing the values of people (stressing the importance of education for women) and illustrating the life of the British gentry, placing the spotlight over a young woman and her adapting to the real world surrounding her. Therefore, it is hard to place this novel into only one specific genre, just like it is hard to identify Austen with a particular literary movement as romanticism or Victorian literature.
Before going into royalty, she had a vision of how she wanted the public to perceive her. She wanted to be treated like a commoner rather than royalty and knew the public would respect her more if she didn’t act “snobby and rich” (Newsmakers). As people began to grow in love with her, Diana used her influence towards good. In any opportunity to raise awareness towards a problem, Diana used her platform to fight for what she believed. In addition when Diana set her mind to something she felt passionate about, she did whatever possible to achieve her goal.
In the same time, these literary works have differences, for the most part because the latter underlines the evolution in Jane’s writing style and ideas determined by satirical images of the high-class, and appoints a novel, typical for the mature stage of her career, while Pride and Prejudice is a model of her beginning as a writer. The first novel shapes the middle-class society (the Bennet family, their relatives, and neighbors), in an accurate way, especially because the author belonged to it; she spend her entire life in this social circle, and her continually encounters with its members provided her, those well painted details. Thus, Austen is perfectly aware of the desires and aspirations of the women and men in this class. Those people were craving to overcome their social status, they were in constant search of means which could endow them, and so they were capable of many things to achieve their purposes. Therefore, the main characters of this novel, the Bennet family, who were having five unmarried daughters, were struggling to assure their future, by marrying them in the upper-class: A single man of large fortune; four of five thousand a year.
This comes from her excellent research about the novels that make her picturesque settings just as integral to her regency romances just as her characters are. In the Banning Sisters novels which are bodice rippers the sexual tension comes from the natural interplay and interaction between the characters that often culminates in a happily ever after when the heroine and hero realize they are made for each other. Since the novels are set in regency England the social mores under which her characters lived are very prominent in the themes of the novels. Robards excellence in the writing of the Banning Sisters novels and practically all her historical romances probably comes from her love for historical and regencies from the likes of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Jane Eyre, and Wuthering Heights among other classics. While she likes nearly every historical setting and era, her favorite locations are in Regency England and continental Europe where she has set most of her
In the novel Northanger Abbey, themes of society dictating behavior is the main driving force for the event that takes place. However, the novel 's author, Jane Austen, was born in Steventon, England, in 1775, where though her family was not really rich, they were well connected and were intelligent. Jane, despite the social norms at the time, did set up time to find a mate for her life, rather, she spent the majority of her time writing. Along with her sister, Casssandra, she found happiness outside of marriage through the closeness of family, a recurring theme that pops up in many of her novels. Since she observed that social status can result from the wealth and family connections, she often used satire to make caricatures of the rich, describing them as snobbish in numerous aspects of life, often looking down to anyone that is below
The first critic was Nicola Watson, who argued about the origins, composition and reception. In addition Nicola explained the influence on the subsequent development of the girls and the feminist. The publication of Little Women in 1868 arguably inaugurated a founding myth of American girlhood, ensured the success of the transatlantic phenomenon of fiction for girl and contributed importantly to the genre of family story. The novel 's classic status may have served as much to conceal as revealing its originality in canon of children 's and adult literature alike. Critical reception of Little Women has tended to hinge on what value is accorded to the end novel.
She has a woman’s perspective on the world. One of the finds that the primary reason for Shashi Deshpande to write is that she allows to create her own world. Creative writing allows her a ‘safe place’, from which she can explore a wide range of experience, especially– in regard to woman’s status in society. While writing Shashi Deshpande has touched a major aspect of women’s life, which is marriage. Kenneth W. Phifer on Marriage as an Institution- The institution of marriage was begun that a woman might learn how to love and, in loving, no joy; that a man and a woman might learn how to share pain and loneliness and in, sharing .know strength; that a man and woman might learn how to give and, in giving know communion.
He had written eight novels but one of them didn’t see publication as it was lost. In his novels he developed the radical–democratic models of some British writers like Godwin and Holcroft and combining this with the influence of enlightened sentimental fictions of Jean-Jaques Rousseau and Steme without neglecting the impact of women’s domestic novels. His first four novels showed the major vein of American gothic novel. Wieland (1798) was to be considered as the first major work and the master piece by Charles Brockden Brown. In his four gothic novels; Wieland, Ormond, Arthur Mervyn and Edgar Huntly, he could develop subgenres of the Gothic: The frontier gothic, the urban gothic, the psychological gothic and the female gothic.