Victorian Novels and Male Characters Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Victorian Novels and Male Characters
A discussion about the qualities of male characters as depicted in Victorian novels.
# 59771 | 2,458 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Jul 01, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper argues that Victorian novels did not have adequate middle-class male characters because there was a certain rigid description of a gentleman accepted by the society. It explains that the two most important characteristics of gentleman were power and wealth, and anyone who lacked the two was shunned and rejected by the upper classes. It states that it is true that there were, indeed, some genuinely inadequate characters, but most were labeled inadequate because they lacked the wealth, sophistication, and power that marked the upper classes.

From the Paper:

"Victorian Age refers to the period in English Literature roughly from second half of the 18th century to late nineteenth century. This is a broad coverage of Victorian period and it has therefore been sub divided into early Victorian and late Victorian eras as well. It is important to discuss that various literary movements like Romantic Victorian or Elizabethan have been assigned these labels because of certain characteristics that were found in the fiction written during these periods. For example during the Romantic era, most authors and poets were highly interested in the nature and its influence on mankind. In the same manner, during the Victorian era, the fiction took on new meaning and there were some important changes that were noticed in the literature of that time."

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