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1 The Victorian Era Rocío Muñoz Bodá Pilar Pretell García Martha Quevedo Ruiz

2 The Early Victorian Period Unemployment Unemployment Poverty Poverty Rioting Rioting Slums in large cities Slums in large cities Working conditions for women and children were terrible Working conditions for women and children were terrible

3 1830 In 1830, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened, the first public railway line in the world. In 1830, the Liverpool and Manchester Railway opened, the first public railway line in the world.

4 1832 Transformed English class structure Transformed English class structure Extended the right to vote to all males owning property Extended the right to vote to all males owning property Second Reform Bill passed in 1867 Second Reform Bill passed in 1867 Extended right to vote to working class Extended right to vote to working class

5 1833 Britain abolished slavery Factory Act-regulated child labor in factories

6 1834 Poor Law-Amendment applied a system of workhouses for poor people

7 1837 Queen Victoria was crowned at the age of eighteen. Many people thought the responsibility was too great for her but she was a determined woman and reigned for 64 years. Queen Victoria was crowned at the age of eighteen. Many people thought the responsibility was too great for her but she was a determined woman and reigned for 64 years.

8 Queen Victoria and the Victorian Temper Ruled England from Ruled England from Exemplifies Victorian qualities: earnestness, moral responsibility, domestic propriety Exemplifies Victorian qualities: earnestness, moral responsibility, domestic propriety

9 1840 In 1840 the Penny Black stamp was issued. This was the first stamp in the world. People wrote a lot of letters at this time, as this was the only way to communicate over long distances. In 1840 the Penny Black stamp was issued. This was the first stamp in the world. People wrote a lot of letters at this time, as this was the only way to communicate over long distances.

10 1841 The first railway excursion was organised by Thomas Cook. The first railway excursion was organised by Thomas Cook.

11 Impact on Victorian Literature The novelists of the 1840’s and the 1850’s responded to the industrial and political scene: The novelists of the 1840’s and the 1850’s responded to the industrial and political scene: –Charles Kingsley- The Water Babies –Elizabeth Gaskell – North and South; Life of Charlotte Bronte –Benjamin Disraeli- Sybil

12 The Mid-Victorian Period A time of prosperity A time of prosperity A time of improvement A time of improvement A time of stability A time of stability A time of optimism A time of optimism

13 1848 Women begin attending University of London Women begin attending University of London

14 Educational Opportunities for Women First women’s college established in 1848 in London. First women’s college established in 1848 in London. By the end of Victoria’s reign, women could take degrees at twelve university colleges. By the end of Victoria’s reign, women could take degrees at twelve university colleges.

15 1850 Life Insurance introduced. Life Insurance introduced. By 1850, railway lines connected England’s major cities By 1850, railway lines connected England’s major cities The first cartoon appeared.Cartoons were used to emphasise the importance of industry during the Victorian Age. The first cartoon appeared.Cartoons were used to emphasise the importance of industry during the Victorian Age.

16 1851 Gold discovered Gold discovered One of the first buildings constructed according to modern architectural principles “The Crystal Palace” One of the first buildings constructed according to modern architectural principles “The Crystal Palace”

17 The Crystal Palace Built to display the exhibits of modern industry and science at the 1851 Great Exhibition Built to display the exhibits of modern industry and science at the 1851 Great Exhibition The building symbolized the triumphs of Victorian industry The building symbolized the triumphs of Victorian industry

18 The British Empire Between 1853 and 1880, large scale immigration to British colonies Between 1853 and 1880, large scale immigration to British colonies In 1857, Parliament took over the government of India and Queen Victoria became empress of India. In 1857, Parliament took over the government of India and Queen Victoria became empress of India. Many British people saw the expansion of empire as a moral responsibility. Many British people saw the expansion of empire as a moral responsibility. Missionaries spread Christianity in India, Asia, and Africa. Missionaries spread Christianity in India, Asia, and Africa.

19 1854 Florence Nightingale went to the Crimea to organise nursing during the war. There she saved the lives of many injured soldiers. Florence Nightingale went to the Crimea to organise nursing during the war. There she saved the lives of many injured soldiers.

20 1855 The famous Victorian artist, Ford Madox Brown, painted the 'Last of England'. It shows a family emigrating, possibly to Australia, to find work, like many people did in Victorian times. The famous Victorian artist, Ford Madox Brown, painted the 'Last of England'. It shows a family emigrating, possibly to Australia, to find work, like many people did in Victorian times.

21 1860 Florence Nightingale founds school for nurses. Florence Nightingale founds school for nurses. In the 1860's the 'bone shaker' appeared on the roads. This was one of the first bicycles to have pedals, which directly turned the front wheels. In the 1860's the 'bone shaker' appeared on the roads. This was one of the first bicycles to have pedals, which directly turned the front wheels.

22 1864 Boys under the age of 10 were banned from being chimney sweeps. Boys under the age of 10 were banned from being chimney sweeps.

23 The Late Victorian Period Decay of Victorian values Decay of Victorian values British imperialism British imperialism Boer War Boer War Bismarck's Germany became a rival power Bismarck's Germany became a rival power United States became a rival power United States became a rival power Economic depression led to mass immigration Economic depression led to mass immigration Socialism Socialism

24 1871 Trade Union Act-made it legal for laborers to organize to protect their rights

25 1874 The '10 hour Factory Act' was introduced. This meant that people could only be made to work for up to 10 hours per day. The '10 hour Factory Act' was introduced. This meant that people could only be made to work for up to 10 hours per day.

26 1876 Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone Alexander Graham Bell patents the telephone

27 1877 Thomas Alva Edison patents the phonograph Thomas Alva Edison patents the phonograph

28 1880 Children up to the age of 12 were made to go to school. Children up to the age of 12 were made to go to school.

29 1884 In the mid 1880's the 'Safety Bicycle' was built. It was much easier to ride than earlier models, with both wheels the same size and a chain. This finally gave ordinary people the freedom to travel. In the mid 1880's the 'Safety Bicycle' was built. It was much easier to ride than earlier models, with both wheels the same size and a chain. This finally gave ordinary people the freedom to travel.

30 1885 The Prince of Wales opened the Birmingham Museum Round Room and Industrial Gallery. This part of the Museum still looks much the same today. You will notice from the columns and pillars that Victorians liked to copy Greek and Roman architecture. The Prince of Wales opened the Birmingham Museum Round Room and Industrial Gallery. This part of the Museum still looks much the same today. You will notice from the columns and pillars that Victorians liked to copy Greek and Roman architecture.

31 1886 Wimbledon opens Wimbledon opens

32 1888 Jack the Ripper stalks London’s East End Jack the Ripper stalks London’s East End

33 The 1890’s Breakdown of Victorian values Breakdown of Victorian values Mood of melancholy Mood of melancholy Aesthetic movement Aesthetic movement The beginning of the modern movement in literature The beginning of the modern movement in literature Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings Prose of George Moore and Max Beerbohm Prose of George Moore and Max Beerbohm Poetry of Ernest Dowson Poetry of Ernest Dowson

34 1890 By 1900, England had 15,195 lines of railroad and an underground rail system beneath London. By 1900, England had 15,195 lines of railroad and an underground rail system beneath London. The train transformed England’s landscape, supported the growth of commerce, and shrank the distance between cities. The train transformed England’s landscape, supported the growth of commerce, and shrank the distance between cities.

35 1901 Queen Victoria died and Edward Vll was made King. She had ruled longer than any other British Monarch. Queen Victoria died and Edward Vll was made King. She had ruled longer than any other British Monarch.

36 The crisis of epidemics came to a peak in the “Great Stink”. This expression is used to describe the terrible smell in London, coming from the Thames. This expression is used to describe the terrible smell in London, coming from the Thames. The “Miasmas”, exhalations from decaying matter, poisoned the air. The “Miasmas”, exhalations from decaying matter, poisoned the air.

37 The houses of the rich had water in the kitchen, gas lighting, flushing toilets and were decorated. The houses of the rich had water in the kitchen, gas lighting, flushing toilets and were decorated.

38 Poor families, with 4- 5 children, lived in houses with 2-3 rooms and without a lavatory. Poor families, with 4- 5 children, lived in houses with 2-3 rooms and without a lavatory.

39 Religious Debate Evangelical movement emphasized spiritual transformation of the individual by conversion and a moral Christian life. Evangelical movement emphasized spiritual transformation of the individual by conversion and a moral Christian life. Their view of life was identical with Dissenters. Their view of life was identical with Dissenters. The High Church emphasized the importance of tradition, ritual, and authority The High Church emphasized the importance of tradition, ritual, and authority The Oxford Movement led by Newman The Oxford Movement led by Newman The Broad Church was open to modern ideas. The Broad Church was open to modern ideas.

40 Utilitarianism Derived from the ideas of Jeremy Bentham and his disciple James Mill, the father of John Stuart Mill Derived from the ideas of Jeremy Bentham and his disciple James Mill, the father of John Stuart Mill Rationalist test of value Rationalist test of value The greatest good for the greatest number The greatest good for the greatest number Utilitarianism failed to recognize people’s spiritual needs Utilitarianism failed to recognize people’s spiritual needs

41 Challenges to Religious Belief Science Science –Huxley –Darwin- the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man Higher Criticism Higher Criticism –Examination of the Bible as a mere text of history –Source studies –Geology –Astronomy

42 The Role of Women Changing conditions of women’s work created by the Industrial Revolution Changing conditions of women’s work created by the Industrial Revolution The Factory Acts ( ) – regulations of the conditions of labor in mines and factories The Factory Acts ( ) – regulations of the conditions of labor in mines and factories The Custody Act (1839) – gave a mother the right to petition the court for access to her minor children and custody of children under seven and later sixteen. The Custody Act (1839) – gave a mother the right to petition the court for access to her minor children and custody of children under seven and later sixteen. The Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act – established a civil divorce court The Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act – established a civil divorce court

43 Working Conditions for Women Bad working conditions and underemployment drove thousands of women into prostitution. The only occupation at which an unmarried middle-class woman could earn a living and maintain some claim to gentility was that of a governess.

44 Victorian Women and the Home Victorian society was preoccupied with the very nature of women. Victorian society was preoccupied with the very nature of women. Protected and enshrined within the home, her role was to create a place of peace where man could take refuge from the difficulties of modern life. Protected and enshrined within the home, her role was to create a place of peace where man could take refuge from the difficulties of modern life.

45 Victorian household objects Dolly and washtub Chamber pot Copper kettle

46 Sewing machine

47 Literacy, Publication, and Reading By the end of the century, literacy was almost universal. By the end of the century, literacy was almost universal. Compulsory national education required to the age of ten. Compulsory national education required to the age of ten. Due to technological advances, an explosion of things to read, including newspapers, periodicals, and books. Due to technological advances, an explosion of things to read, including newspapers, periodicals, and books. Growth of the periodical Growth of the periodical Novels and short fiction were published iin serial form. Novels and short fiction were published iin serial form. The reading public expected literature to illuminate social problems. The reading public expected literature to illuminate social problems.

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49 The Victorian Novel The novel was the dominant form in Victorian literature. The novel was the dominant form in Victorian literature. Victorian novels seek to represent a large and comprehensive social world, with a variety of classes. Victorian novels seek to represent a large and comprehensive social world, with a variety of classes. Victorian novels are realistic. Victorian novels are realistic. Major theme is the place of the individual in society, the aspiration of the hero or heroine for love or social position. Major theme is the place of the individual in society, the aspiration of the hero or heroine for love or social position. The protagonist’s search for fulfillment is emblematic of the human condition. The protagonist’s search for fulfillment is emblematic of the human condition. For the first time, women were major writers: the Brontes. Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot. For the first time, women were major writers: the Brontes. Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot. The Victorian novel was a principal form of entertainment. The Victorian novel was a principal form of entertainment.

50 Victorian Poetry Victorian poetry developed in the context of the novel. Poets sought new ways of telling stories in verse Victorian poetry developed in the context of the novel. Poets sought new ways of telling stories in verse All of the Victorian poets show the strong influence of the Romantics, but they cannot sustain the confidence the Romantics felt in the power of the imagination. All of the Victorian poets show the strong influence of the Romantics, but they cannot sustain the confidence the Romantics felt in the power of the imagination. Victorian poets often rewrite Romantic poems with a sense of belatedness. Victorian poets often rewrite Romantic poems with a sense of belatedness. Dramatic monologue – the idea of creating a lyric poem in the voice of a speaker ironically distinct from the poet is the great achievement of Victorian poetry. Dramatic monologue – the idea of creating a lyric poem in the voice of a speaker ironically distinct from the poet is the great achievement of Victorian poetry. Victorian poetry is pictorial; poets use detail to construct visual images that represent the emotion or situation the poem concerns. Victorian poetry is pictorial; poets use detail to construct visual images that represent the emotion or situation the poem concerns. Conflict t between private poetic self and public social role. Conflict t between private poetic self and public social role.

51 Victorian Drama The theater was a flourishing and popular institution during the Victorian period. The theater was a flourishing and popular institution during the Victorian period. The popularity of theater influenced other genres. The popularity of theater influenced other genres. Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde transformed British theater with their comic masterpieces. Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde transformed British theater with their comic masterpieces.

52 Hoop and Stick In this game, a hoop is rolled, or "trundled," with the help of a stick. The object of the game is to keep the hoop rolling by running alongside. In this game, a hoop is rolled, or "trundled," with the help of a stick. The object of the game is to keep the hoop rolling by running alongside. Children sometimes had hoop-rolling races!

53 Skipping Victorian girls played with skipping ropes. Poorer children just had odd bits of rope with no handles. Victorian girls played with skipping ropes. Poorer children just had odd bits of rope with no handles.

54 The Victorians

55 Marbles This shows boys playing with glass marbles. ‘Knuckle Down’- This term is from marbles, where the knuckle has to be placed down on the ground when playing.

56 Toys Spinning Top Jack in the Box Praxinoscope Shoe Doll


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