Essay on The Victorian Era Crisis Of Religious Faith

1612 Words Oct 13th, 2015 7 Pages
While the Victorian Era crisis of religious faith deeply impacted both the upper and lower classes, it did so in two very different ways. North and South incorporates themes of class distinction, gender differences, and industrialization, however, Gaskell moves the plot forward through using Hale’s religious doubt which serves as a catalyst to move the characters towards the industrialized toewn of Milton-Norton. This ambiguous ‘doubt’ starts in the conventional South and moves its way to the North; ultimately examining the religious views of not only certain members of the Victorian England but its overall effect. Through using elements of realism, Gaskell’s novel demonstrates how the desires and frustrations of the working-class brought about religious change in industrializing England and reveals “how industrial capitalism remodeled both the social landscape and subjective experiences of a wide spectrum of British people,” (Artmstrong, 3). North and South shows a visible change toward industrialization which resulted in a large change towards the religious climate of the nineteenth century working class.
The doubt’s of Mr. Hale are never made completely clear. Mr. Hale’s decision to leave the church is said to be due to his “painful, miserable doubts” (Gaskell 33) concerning church doctrine constitutes. While religion is heavily discussed in the novel, Mr. Hale avoids confronting the issue or directly challenging an authority figure that explicitly tells the reader…

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