Mr. Bennett And Mrs. Brown Essay

2350 Words Nov 7th, 2016 10 Pages
In accordance with Virginia’s Woolf’s essay titled “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown,” the idea that human relations changed circa December 1910 is explored. In Woolf’s words “in or about December 1910 human character changed” (Woolf 2). This change, which she asserts was “not sudden and definite,” (Woolf 2) leads the reader to believe it was gradual. The Victorian and Georgian Era are stark in contrast regarding the everyday individual (and said individual’s relationships). Where the Georgian lived a life of freedom and vivacity, the Victorian was confined into rigid gender stereotypes and to work servant to these perceptions. What is notable to point out based on this evidence is humanities capacity to change. As Woolf has explained in her essay, “when human relations change there is at the same time a change in…conduct…and literature” (Woolf 3). At the turn of the 19th century, writers were concerned with studying individual character in relation to the bigger picture as well as the human condition in a more specific sense (Who we are, in some cases why we are, and why we feel the way we do). Another important concept is brought up by Woolf that it is “the novelist who get in and out –- there [a character] sits and not one of the Edwardian writers has so much as looked at her…. never at her, never at life never at human nature” (Woolf 13). The early 19th century is when the writers start looking at “her”, at “life” and at “human nature”. Both James Joyce’s “The Dead” and T.S…

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