A Social Morality Of The Victorian Age

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Oscar Martin Professor Stephen Mendonca English 2323 2 August 2015 A Social Morality The Victorian age ranged from 1830 to 1901, during this time England reached its highest point as a world imperial power. Industrialization and the reign of Queen Victoria (1837 to 1901) played a major role in England’s success. The overwhelming industrialization caused a population boom that changed England’s population from two million to six million people. The abundance of people created new social problems that the leading writers and thinkers would have to face and challenge. Such problems were often targeted towards the lower class which faced harsh working conditions, discrimination and other factors that would affect the lives of these people negatively. Social and economic troubles by industrialization were noticed at the start of the era, it went from “a period of prosperity from 1832 to 1836, a crash in 1837, followed by a series of bad harvests, produced a period of unemployment, desperate poverty, and rioting” (Greenblatt 1022). Industrialization came with its positive side as well; writers were able to publish their works faster and spread awareness to the public with the prominence of periodical press. The Victorian age created social commentators such as Charles Dickens, social challengers like George Eliot, and social thinkers similar to John Ruskin to change their world. Charles Dickens experienced the ugly side of the Industrial Revolution in England, which led him to
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