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Essay on Victorian Era Ideologies

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The Victorian era which lasted during the reign of Queen Victoria from 1837 to 1901, established the foundations of many social, cultural and moral ideologies in which many are present to this day. Everywhere you look you can almost always see something Victorian-inspired from floral patterned curtains to elegantly hand crafted candlesticks. When visualizing ‘The Victorian Era’ lavish balls, lace covered dresses, tea parties and fancy lifestyles come to mind. However, the Victorian era is much more than this. Victorians were judgmental, proud and often selfish people, as their biggest goal in life was usually to make and/or keep a name for themselves which meant marrying their daughters off to rich, aristocrats to preventing their family…show more content…
The film expresses themes of romance, reputation and class. The Bennet family is middle-upper class they live in a large, lavish country house. The Bingley’s live in a vast manor with very expensive looking furnishings. They have many servants and the house is very clean unlike the Bennet’s which is cluttered and crowded with loose belongings. When Elizabeth goes to visit her sister, Jane, at the Bingley’s manor she arrives in muddy skirts due to walking in the rain. However, she appears callous to the fact that Caroline Bingley is appalled by her un-ladylike attire, stating to Darcy ‘She looked positively medieval’. Elizabeth is a bold, proud and spirited young woman who believes in marrying for love rather than reputation or social climbing. Elizabeth’s pride causes her to misjudge Mr Darcy based on his unsocial attitude while Darcy’s prejudice towards Elizabeth’s poor social standing blinds him from her virtues. Despite their mutual dislike at first, Darcy and Elizabeth fall in love; implying that Austen views love as something independent of social forces, something two individuals can capture if they escape the vortex of hierarchical society. Austen also voices a more realistic - even cynical - view on love when Elizabeth’s friend Charlotte marries Mr Collins, the pompous but wealthy clergyman which demonstrates the heart does
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