Victorian Influence On Charles Darwin

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‘‘I am not apt to follow blindly the lead of other men’’, said Charles Darwin, the man who is considered a revolutionary scientist of the Victorian era. He faced many obstacles regarding his Theory of Evolution which offended the traditional belief of people in the Victorian era because it went against the religious belief that Human were the superior being however his discovery that humans have common ancestors as other animals decoded a new world of science and helped to build our believe in science. Charles Darwin was a revolutionary scientist who is recognised for his contribution to modern evolutionary studies which helped to shape the Victorian ideal in a different way and still inspires our society in terms of thinking and approaching to problems. …show more content…
It was a theory which offend the religious belief of the people of that time. There was disagreement between the new theory of Darwin and the old idea that man was created by a higher power. This scientific theory questioned churches belief. The writers of this period started to deliberate this theory in their work. Some of these writers gave their opinions on the idea while others were against it. The theory shook the basic belief of the people of that time. It raised some famous public discussions and disputes between scientists and theologians. According to Victorian belief human were totally unrelated to other species and superior. Darwin’s theory questioned that belief. Darwin’s works activated a debate if God even exists which also found expression in English literature. George Eliot and Thomas Hardy who were interested in science had books like Tess of the d’Urbervilles ,Jude the Obscure , and Middlemarch which showed Darwin’s works influence in them.(Andrzej Diniejko, May 11, 2010) In the Victorian belief human were described superior, unrelated to other species and consisting of body, mind and soul(Genesis) which changed after the rise of

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