Characteristic of Victorian Era in British Culture and Literature

Published: 28th April 2010
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The Victorian Period generally agreed to stretch through the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), and sometimes said to begin with defeat of Napoleon in 1815. In literature, the period started with the death of Sir Walter Scott in 1832, and sometimes went up to 1914. The Victorian was a golden time of long ago. Inventions and discoveries were upon the world and the industrial was around the corner. By the reign of Queen Victoria, Britain became the richest manufacturing country in the world.

The Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851 became the high point of this success; the colonies and the Empire were a huge market for Britain's product. However, this was a period of extremes which was made double standards in this society: the working classes were poor that lived and worked in terrible circumstances; the middle classes grew rich and comfortable. However, when Victoria became Queen the monarchy was not very popular. There were so many social problems happened in this era: the working members were not allowed to join in trade unions, the price of bread were kept high by the Corn Law, the population grew from two million to more than six million and the cities grew bigger. Many writers used their works to show that although on the surface this was a successful society, below the surface there were many problems. And one of the writers who concerns with the problem of this society was Charles Dickens.

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