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    division of roles between males and females in the late 19th century Victorian era, display distinct characteristics that define how a man and woman are to behave. These attributes, or gender roles, determine the standard of society, and is what is considered to be acceptable behaviour. Author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, more commonly known as Lewis Carroll, challenges the patriarchal gender roles in the Victorian Era by exchanging the typical attributes associated with males and females in his…

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    Austen’s novel Pride And Prejudice revolved around the theme of marriage and addresses many key issues in society during the 19th century (Lane 2015). Charlotte was one of the characters that decided to marry for security and not for love. Lydia was a young immature girl that wasn’t wise enough to realize that she was fooled around on by a man who was in love with money and girls. Jane was a mature woman that married for love and happiness, and Elizabeth wanted to make her own decisions about…

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    Laburnum flowers : During the Victorian Era, the upper class was known to maintain proper etiquette. There were particular customs and guidelines, certain behaviors that were prohibited as they were considered inappropriate for different reasons, beginning from subtle flirtation to outright indecency…

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    Thomas Hardy is one of the most renowned poets and novelists in English literature history. Hardy’s career spanned through the Victoriana and the Modern Eras. During his eight-eight years of life he lived through many upheavals, such as World War One. He was often criticized for his work because of its existentially bleak outlook and sexual themes. Hardy wrote fourteen novels and several poems through the course of twenty-six years. Hardy’s great novels, included Tess of the D’Ubervilles…

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    Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1899) was written during a time period where both modernism and imperialism were societally pervasive. Inherently, these cultural contexts and epochs influenced literature and arguably Heart of Darkness. In order to evaluate how Heart of Darkness reflects and challenges the spirit of these two time periods and historical contexts, its narratological and thematic framework should be considered, to reach the synthesizing conclusion that the literary epoch of…

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    Archetypes In Jane Eyre

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    In any novel, the audience can interpret the writing in multiple ways. An example is Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte. This novel was written in 1846 during the Victorian era. Jane Eyre can be seen through multiple “lenses” per say due to the novels time period as well as universal ideas. Although there are many views a reader can take through Jane Eyre; feminism is shown through Jane’s character along with the overall treatment of women in the Victorian age. Jane breaks the…

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    In the nineteenth century, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s texts present varying circumstances of inexplicable terrors situated in Gothic tradition to explore the political and social ideals fundamentally inherent in the Victorian age, particularly surrounding imperialism and sexuality. However, Le Fanu’s method of exploring and critiquing Victorian ideology of imperialism and sexuality are cleverly concealed under the prevalent supernatural elements present in his works. This is a concept that is…

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    a lecturer, writer and a schoolmaster but also a physician. This, I would guess, aided him in his writing of the fairy tale. But alas “He was, in fact, a born writer and educator.” (Banerjee) Morley had a large impact on education in the Victorian era. He established a school…

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    a villain in Doyle’s short story. Doyle had designed Moriarty to be this criminal mastermind because he had lived in an era where London was full of gangs and crimes, he had used major criminals from his society to build his villain from including Adam Worth, the original “Napoleon of Crime”, and Jack the Ripper, a serial killer. If Doyle hadn’t lived where he had during that era it is likely that Moriarty wouldn’t be the same character that Doyle made him to be, Moriarty could have been a…

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    During the Victorian period amongst many issues human sexuality, gender, and religion was heavily debated. Human sexuality is an element that has been evolving since the beginning of the nineteenth century. Sexual preference is one of the most criticized matters in society; moreover, to speak of sex is often taboo. These opinions are comparatively due to old teachings of religion. Although human sexual preference has become more accepted and published; however, during the Victorian period,…

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