The Victorian Era

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The Victorian era ranging from 1837-1901 is named after Queen Victoria who as corded the throne of Great Britain and Ireland in 1837. She served for a period of 64 years, till her death in 1901 and her period was marked by many important social and historical changes that altered the nation in many ways. The population was doubled, the British Empire expanded exponentially and technological and industrial progress helped Britain become the most powerful country in the world (Brown&Simpson, 2013). While the country saw economic progress, poverty and exploitation were also equally a part of it. The gap between the rich and the poor increased expressively and the drive for material and commercial success was seen to propagate. Moreover a kind of a moral decay in the society was witnessed. One of the most important factors that defined the age was its stress on morality. Strict societal codes were enforced and certain activities were openly looked down upon. These codes were even harsher for women. A feminine code of conduct was imposed on them which described every aspect of their being from the proper apparels to how inverse; everything had rules (Brown&Simpson, 2013). The role of women was mostly that of being angels of the house and restricted to domestic confines. Professionally very few options were available to them as a woman could either become a governess or a teacher in rich households. Hence they were financially dependent on their husbands and fathers for their

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