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Treatment of Orphans in Victorian Times

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Lauren Blum

on 17 October 2013

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Orphans in Victorian Times

An orphan was...
An orphan's fate...
An orphan's struggles..
While we would'nt really consider a child like this an orphan anymore, back in the Victorian era a child with only one surviving parent could also be considered an orphan.
Orphans that were adopted usually were taken in by other family members, neighbors or sometimes strangers
If the orphan was adopted into his or her own social class, he or she was treated as an equal
If the orphan was not adopted into his or her own social class, he or she was usually mistreated
Educational Institution...
Orphans could be put into an educational institution
These institutions gave the orphan food, education, and a place to stay until they were 17
Orphans did not always receive the best education there
These institutions usually trained orphans for future careers
Orphans who were not adopted or put into some type of care or facility usually became criminals
Around 60% of criminals during this time period were orphans
An orphan was usually put into an orphanage if they were unable to care for themselves
Many orphanages were generally an awful place to be
Orphans learned some skills needed to have a career
Not only orphans, but many children in general in the Victorian era, lived difficult lives. Many children became very sick with diseases and because of poor medical treatment, many of these illnesses took the lives of those who were sick.
Orphans were not usually treated the best, as some of them were viewed as burdens. Many were not lucky enough to be adopted, so they either ended up in some sort of facility or were forced onto the streets to to survive on their own.
Sources Cited
Greig, Jodi. "Orphans in 19th Century Victorian England." Orphans in 19th Century Victorian England. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Sept. 2013.

"Children in the Victorian Age." Children in the Victorian Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Sept. 2013.

Banerjee, Jacqueline, Phd. "Ideas of Childhood in Victorian Children's Fiction: Orphans, Outcasts and Rebels." Ideas of Childhood in Victorian Children's Fiction: Orphans, Outcasts and Rebels. N.p., 22 Aug. 2007. Web. 17 Sept. 2013.
By: Lauren Blum
A child that had lost both of their parents at a young age. These deaths usually occured due to illnesses.
Children abandoned by their parents and families or that were forced out of the house, due to overcrowding were also considered orphans.
Relation to Dicken's work...
Many other novel's that Charles Dicken's wrote were based around or incorporated orphan's in some shape or form. Books that did this include Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, along with many others.
Dicken's Portrayal of Orphans...
Overall in the novel, Great Expectations, Dicken's did a great job portraying what an orphan was like and how there life was back in the Victorian Era. The younger Pip (him in his years as a child) is a great example of an "average orphan" in that time because he was taken in by family members because of the death of his parents. Pip was also "raised by hand" which was typical in that time period. There was only one aspect of the novel dealing with Pip that was not very "realistic" during that time, and that was Pip's becoming a gentleman. Many actual orphan's were not that fortunate and usually recieved lower class jobs.
Conection to Other Novels by Dickens...
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