Victorian Society And Its Harsh Treatment Of The Upper Class

1433 WordsNov 29, 20146 Pages
Through Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens criticises Victorian society and its extremely harsh treatment of the lower class. It went out of its way to create any possible divide between the two social classes, middle and lower classes, to suppress and even eliminate the poor. It was not done in a way that would improve living conditions of the lower class but in the way that would physically and morally destroy the people that belonged to it. This mental divide created two very distinct spaces in London’s society which strived to contain lower class in one controlled space and denounce the ability to improve their lives and possibly move up the social ladder. Whelan Lara Baker, a college professor who specializes in Victorian Era society, writes in her article that rise of Victorian suburb was an important event in middle-class society that was created with two controversial desires: to eliminate any relationship or contact with the urban lower-class and at the same time maintain a compulsory contact with the financial aspect of the urban London.(Baker) Members of the lower class, on the other hand, were contained in the city and started their lives in the workhouses, institutions that the Victorian middle class, with the help of the Parliament, established to raise poor children. According to a historian Dr. Ruth Richardson, in 1834 the Parliament passed The Poor Law Act. The aim of the law was to create a system that would provide refuge, food and clothing as a payment for
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