From Romantic to Victorian Essay

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From Romantic to Victorian

The Victorian Age came after the Romantic Age and took place between the years of 1832 and 1901. Throughout the Romantic Age many authors/poets concentrated and focused on the rights of the people, as well as the idea of individualism. We are going to see how those beliefs helped spring into the Victorian Age. There are three main things concerning the Victorians during this specific time period: evolution, industrialism, and women. Along with these three comes doubt. These changes were confusing to many and began to make them wonder if what they had believed in all these years wasn’t true after all. The evolution doubt came into effect when two men began to question nature and disturb the
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Sir Henry Holland once said, “we are living in an age of transition.” This statement proves to very true. Throughout the Victorian Age many inventions and ideas came into place. Society was becoming more civilized and industrialized. The Romantics and their ideas on individualism brought this about. It is said that that self-definition is what characterizes the Victorian society and the thought of individualism if what conveyed it. Once you begin to think about yourself and what you want, is when you start to think about your self-definition and what you are. The last concern that the Victorians went through dealt with the role women played. The woman was supposed to be pure and only concerned with the desire to please others and serve them rather than to fulfill her own needs. However, this was not the real deal that took place. Victorians were quick to acknowledge that their era was the first to have women writers achieve prominence. Finally, the works of women were looked on an equal level as those written by men. Mary W. Shelley, who was a writer of the Romantic Era, is a great example of this idea. She was the first to bring about this idea and helped it evolve into what we could call “The New Woman.” Her novel Frankenstein, showed her massive amount of creativity and how great a writer a woman can be. Although she was a little afraid at first to publish her story under her name, she