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Transcript of Victorian Literature
Intro to the Victorian Era
The Victorian era lasted from 1837 to 1901
This was how long Queen Victoria reigned for
Victorian Literature was considered the bridge between Romanticism and 20th century literature
It was developed due to the economic and social restraints of the times
Form & Structure
Most literature was written in Prose or Historical Prose
In Norway, most literature was written in West Norse
Use of Pathetic Fallacy
Poetry was popular at this time
Rhythm and meter preferred over imagery
Major Ideas/ Common Themes
Focused on daily life (Realism)
Social standing, classes
Advancement of classes, Social unrest
Perserverance/ Work Ethic
Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is a fairly typical piece of Victorian literature and follows many of the themes and values normally associated with the time period. However, Ibsen challenges the societal norms of the time by portraying woman as independant people.
In A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Popular Victorian Writers
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In A Doll's House
Focuses on Nora & Torvald's daily life
Discusses money and social standing
Nora deceives Torvald
Torvald worries about his reputation when he finds out what Nora has done
Question for Discussion
Which of these values are most apparent in A Doll's House? Which of these values aren't seen?