The Reflection of Victorian Britain in Literature Essay

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The Reflection of Victorian Britain in Literature

Queen Victoria reigned in Britain between 1937-1901. During this time in British history a large degree of change occurred. The writers of the time often reflected these substantial changes in their literature focusing on the interests of society.

I have studied a variety of literature from the Victorian period and have chosen to write about three particular pieces; 'The Signalman' by
Charles Dickens (a short story), the novel 'Frankenstein' by Mary
Shelley and another short story called 'The Tell Tale Heart' by Edgar
Allen Poe.

At the point when these stories were written, there were a wide range of issues touching society. However, for the benefit of this essay I am only
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However Dr Frankenstein wasn't prepared for the result he achieved, `It's unearthly ugliness rendered it almost too horrible for human eyes`. Without giving the monster a chance, Dr Frankenstein flees, abandoning his creation, leaving it to fend for itself. When the monster goes out into society, people attack him with knives and dogs, they won't give him a chance either.
Underneath his ugly exterior features was a `Soul glowing with love and humanity`.

The monster is forced to take refuge in the mountains nearby because he is scared of society. `What hope can I gather from your fellow-creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me`. The monster has committed no evil; `The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge. I have wandered here many days; the caves of ice, which I only do not fear are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge. The monster lives a solitary life until he meets a blind person, who obviously can't judge him on his looks but purely on his personality, of which is `Benevolent and good`. The monster found some love, something he had been looking for, for a long time. Perhaps he could begin to lead a fairly normal, happy life. His newly found happiness and security, however doesn't last long. A member of the public discovers his place of hiding and believes he will try to harm the blind person. Once again society turns against him. He is left with no-one, no-one wants him, and no-one cares.