The Victorian Age (1837-1901) tmp839517210421493761 (1) - Coggle Diagram
The Victorian Age
Expansion of the colonial empire
From 1837 ro 1901: Queen Victoria's reign.
It was one of the longest reigns in the history of British monarchy.
Great urban poverty
Contrast between the wealthy and the poor
The repeal of Corn Laws
Britain became the workshop of the world.
Reform Bill (1832)
Had given the vote to the male middle class
Discontent among the workers gave rise to the Chartist Movement
Education Act (1870)
Elementary education becomes compulsory.
Reform Bill (1867)
Extended the right to vote to workers in mines and agricultural workers.
Industrial and technological advance
Its culmination was the Great Exhibition of 1851
It was a time of industrial prosperity
Triumph of fiction
The novel became the leading genre.
novels have a clear moral aim and writers need to be exemplars of virtue in their public life
novels represent human conditions in a realistic way
novel tend to satisfy the needs of their readers
plots are complex, usually adventurous, rich in characters, unexpected events
stories are usually told by 3rd person omniscent narrator
novels are usually structured in three volumes
It reflects the ambiguity of the age
Criticism towards the Victorian compromise
Identification between writers and the society they represent
Late Victorian Age
Growing depression and lack of optimism
Anti Victorian reaction
Early Victorian Age
Optimism and faith in progress
Birth of utlitarianism
Victorian society had a dark side of ambiguity.
By the end of century, a reaction started against the traditional values of Victorian society.
Society respected its moral code and puritan attitudes
The Bronte sisters
Robert Louis Stevenson