Victorian age: riassunto

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Riassunto semplice in lingua inglese per il compito in classe sul contesto sociale della Victorian Age e Charles Dickens (1 pagine formato doc)


The social context of the Victorian age. Victorian age was characterised by a great progress and a great industrialization.

In this period England was the world centre of finance and this condition brought prosperity and wealth to England. The progress reached improved Victorians lifestyle (the railway, the electricity, the photograph, the Penny Post etc). But there were bad aspects too; in fact industrialization brought hard living conditions: workers and their families had to live and work in unhealthy conditions.
So Victorian society was characterised by Utilitarianism, a social philosophy: The duty of reason and law is the development of a system which can guarantee the happiness of more families. In fact in this period great importance was attributed to the family which symbolised the values of decency, sobriety and virtue. People became also sensible on Christian actions and charitable works, an example of this was the abolition of the slave trade and of slavery from the British Empire. At last there was also another important event: Women began to improve their social condition, in fact they began to work. They began to work in factories, and then they expand their profession and became writers, journalists and teachers.

The Victorian age: riassunto breve


Victorian Novel: The Victorian era was the great age of the English novel. Novels became the most popular form of literature; they are read aloud within the family. The novelist felt that they had a moral and social responsability, for this they wrote about social problems and changes like Industrial Revolution, the struggle for democracy and the growth of towns. Charles Dickens introduced a new form of novel which had a great success: He published installments of novels in newspapers and magazines using the technique of suspense. The great success is demonstrated by the rising of naturalistic novels, psychological novels and adventure novel: The first tended to view life more scientifically; the second explored the hidden motives of human action; the last dealt with exciting plots and exotic geographical and historical settings. These novels were also joined by the detective story, the fantasy novel and the mystery- detective novel which represented the short story novels.

Victorian age: il periodo vittoriano, riassunto


Charles Dickens: Charles Dickens had to work in a factory to help his family when he was only 12 years old. So here he could see the hard living condition of children and this influenced his literary works, in fact his writes denounce his society. Dickens developed a new form of novel: He began to publish instalments of novels in newspapers and magazines using the technique of suspense, so the readers waited with interest the next publication. This form became very popular; it represented a form of entertainment.

Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Victorian Age: riassunto


The themes of these novels are social: Dickens didn’t only denounce social wrongs but also the conditions and people that gave rise to them. Some works of Dickens are Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Nickleby. But the lack of psychological depth and the presence of fairy type characters (too good or too evil) diminish the force of his message of social accusation. By the way, his novels had a great circulation which meant a great interest for the discussion.