The Victorian Age : An Upper Class Society

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Mary Dang
Professor Suarez
English 2323
26 October 2015
The Victorian Age: An Upper Class Society
The Victorian Period, the years between 1837 and 1901, was named after the reign of the great Queen Victoria in English civilization. It was during her regime that England gained economic prosperity, experienced the rapid growth of the empire, encountered dramatic changes and religious beliefs. Various social classes represented the population of England, comprising of the upper class, the middle class, the working class and the under class. Social order and proper etiquette was the norm for most Victorians, particularly in the upper class society. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” and Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, “Ulysses” illustrates the dominant characteristics of the Victorians, specifically addressing social manners, money and power, and priorities and goals. To the Victorians, proper conduct and decorum was a measure of social standing and a necessary attribute to the upper class. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” demonstrates the accepted behaviors through the analysis of its characters. The novel introduces the first Victorian gentleman known as Mr. Utterson, who is a prominent, well-respected lawyer in London. In a sense, Utterson comes across as an uninteresting character—unsmiling, “scanty" in speech, “lean, long, dusty, and dreary" in person. As we know from later passages in the novel, he never stoops to gossip

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