Women In Victorian Literature

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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. This novel was written in New England during and after the American Civil War. Little Women considers women’s place in society by presenting the portraits of several very different but equally praiseworthy women. As we read the novel, we experience their different possibilities towards femininity, and we see a range of different possibilities for integrating women into society. Because the novel was written in the mid-nineteenth century, historical context places limits on what women can do. We as modern readers may be pleasantly surprised by the novel 's idea to push the boundaries of women 's traditional roles in the society. This book insists that women have a great deal to contribute, not only to the home and domestic sphere, but also to literature, art, and an ethical society. Some of the major

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