The Between Plebeians And Bourgeois During The Victorian Period

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It is true to suggest that the depiction of the working class changes from the sympathetic to the threatening during the Victorian period?

The differences between plebeians and bourgeois during the Victorian period progressed from condole the working class to threatened by them. Regardless of the sentimental portrayal to a sympathetic representation of the working class, that Charles Dickens has presented in his novels, the Victorians shared an anxiety of revolution in the middle and upper class affecting the plebeians and causing total chaos in the society. However one author, Elizabeth Gaskell, touches both issues in North and South, portraying empathy for the workers but also enabling a threat against the factory owner. There is a wide range of opinions about the changes in the structure of the working class brought by urbanisation and industrialism reflected different in literature. Whereas the social novel is conflicting two large class groups, the urban novel is focusing on the misery of the London streets. This essay will first address the process of change in general and then focus on two key areas of the working class, sympathy and threat that were essential to the society, as Woolf points out “take away all that the working class has given to the English literature and that literature would scarcely suffer” (Woolf, 1940). Finally, it will address the future of plebeians and their transformation. Examined all together they project the tensions of anxiety but…

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