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  • The Trope Of Women In Symon's 'White Heliotrope'

    In Wilde’s the male speaker walks away with no mentioned reminders of his lover or the harlots, where as this speaker does have a memento. This poem is also influenced by Victorian morality. In one stanza Symons writes, “the mirror that has sucked your face / […] / and there mysteriously keeps / forgotten memories of grace” (lines 5-8). Here the lover is no longer a pure, perfect figure. She was one graceful and perfect and now she is only an empty mirror image of herself, she has none of the same substance she once did. The opinion of an unchaste woman as graceless is characteristically Victorian. Wilde’s male speaker also places this kind of judgment on the harlots. They are intoxicatingly, immorally elegant; their total ignorance of social rules is enticing. As the speaker sees it, these women reject patriarchy and live freely, but the speaker can only see this as depraved because he has only been taught the strict confines of…

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  • The Victorian Fashion Style

    Intro In the mid 1600s to early 1800s, the Rococo fashion was very popular(think Marie Antoinette). It, of course, like many other fashion trends, faded away. Then, in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, the Victorian fashion style was big(think the movie Belle). These two styles are very similar, given that the Victorian style is styled after the Rococo fashion, just less ribbons and frills. Of course, all good things must come to an end. Well, usually. The next 80 years or so would bring about…

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  • The Governess In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

    In the 19th century literature, the governess was mostly silenced, being a simple female character. On the contrary, in Neo-victorian literature, she was given voice and was no longer only a character in the background. Having a poor social condition, the governesses in the Victorian age were known to have been exemplary women: modest, diligent, with good reputation. In the house where they worked, they would have a place somewhere between a member of the family and a servant.…

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  • Importance Of Morality In The Victorian Era

    The Victorian Era is understood to have existed during the rule of Queen Victoria during 1837 to 1901 and it was realized to be an exciting period that saw various literary schools, artistic styles, along with, social and political movements. Notably, the period was described to have led to swift developments and changes from observed advances in scientific, technological, and medical knowledge to changes in population growth. It was reckoned as an era of prosperity, great political reforms, and…

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  • Victorian Satire In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being E

    Victorian Satire in Oscar Wilde’s ”The Importance of Being Earnest.” Victorian era ideals are littered throughout Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Whether it be the act of bunburying, the prominence behind one’s name, or the suitability of someone in another’s hand in marriage, all are visited in this play in some form or another. Points of importance to Victorian culture are found quite trivial within the lines of this work published near the end of the same era, especially…

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  • Supernatural Themes In Gothic Literature

    The Victorian Era was the duration of Queen Victoria’s reign which spanned from 1837 till 1901. The Victorian Era not only had a big impact on England but the entire world. It held beliefs that placed large emphasis on rigid aristocratic systems and proper behavior. The Fall of the House of Usher points out the flaws in these beliefs and uses the supernatural to represent themes such as aristocratic decay and madness. As the short story begins, and the narrator is approaching the House of Usher,…

    Words: 1200 - Pages: 5
  • The Importance Of My Wonderful Education In Skitzland

    My Wonderful Education in Skitzland “The Fairy tale teaches the spiritual essentials, which facts alone cannot communicate.” (Ostry) Is “My wonderful Adventure in Skitzland” simply a fairy tale or a lesson on social reform filled to the brim with satire? Henry Morley wrote the story to be published in Household Words on January 6, 1850 not only for the fanciful enjoyment of the reader but also for the education of the middle classes. Henry Morley not only was a lecturer, writer and a…

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  • Racism In H. G. Wells The Time Machine

    resonated many common beliefs of his era. Not only that, but he had a way to express his own beliefs. In terms of his famous work of science fiction “The Time Machine,” he presented many of the well known beliefs of his time such as a sense of imperialism and other Victorian values. With all of these elements of the Victorian Era there is a debate on whether racism was a theme in “The Time Machine.” This was perhaps one of the least obvious…

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  • Individuality In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being E

    Individuality in The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest takes place in the Victorian Era in Europe, showcasing the strict societal rules and the pressure they cause to attempt to remove individuality from the society by having characters follow the proper upper class stereotypes (being rude to lower class, choosing marriages for money, etc.) By showing the upper class standards and stereotypical snobby behavior through multiple characters, Wilde highlights…

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  • Artificiality In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

    Authenticity, or lack thereof, and artificiality are a big part of the play The Importance of being Earnest. Jack and Algernon, two of the main protagonists who are very present throughout this play, showcase examples of how artificiality is presented in Victorian society and how it is widely expected and accepted. Both Algernon and Jack create alternate personas for themselves which ultimately results in a few undesirable situations, but also aids them through their everyday lives. While this…

    Words: 1218 - Pages: 5
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