Tag Archive: Victorian Era

The Fallen Woman and the Virginal Angel: Challenging gender constraints in Goblin Market

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In consequence of the poem’s overwhelming sensual imagery combined with biblical allusions, Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market, which describes the plight of sisters Laura and Lizzie after they are tempted by the fruit of… Continue reading

Duality: Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde- A ‘Fine Line’ Doesn’t Exist

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Humans have been debating and fighting over what is considered good and what is evil since before the early ages. In the early ages though, good was determined by religion and anything or… Continue reading

The Strange Case of Robert Louis Stevenson and Deacon Brodie: Exploring the Inspiration for Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

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Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde, is a true psychological thriller, and brilliantly encompasses the idea of Victorian era duality. However, upon delving deep into the inspiration for… Continue reading

The Beauty and The Psychopath

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 Robert Browning, recognized for his dramatic monologues poems. Porphyria’s Lover is one of his well-known poems of this style. It is a dark monologue of an unknown speaker who murder’s his lover so… Continue reading

The Loss of The Savior in Images – The Goblin Market

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Playboy’s 1973 illustrations of The Goblin Market leaves little imagination room as to what is going on in Christina Rossetti’s poem. The poem is very complex in the ideas it presents. Rossetti’s work… Continue reading

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jackass: Fight Club’s Representation of The Strange Case of Dissociative Identity Disorder

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Unfortunately enough for her, Marla Singer said it best: “You’re Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Jackass”. It is in this line that lies the stanch dichotomy of the human mind, perception and consciousness. Long… Continue reading

SENSUALITY IN “GOBLIN MARKET” CHALLENGES VICTORIAN IDEALS

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While read as a children’s story throughout the nineteenth century, it seems impossible to read Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market” and not stop and ask yourself what is actually happening between sisters, Laura and… Continue reading

Untangling the Lady of Shalott

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The story of Rapunzel in the Disney movie Tangled is unlike any story ever told, except, that is, for the story of “The Lady of Shalott” by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Although, both of… Continue reading

Imperialism and its Emphasis on a Mother/Child Relationship in “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point”

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The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point- Elizabeth Barrett Browning “Text” Category Imperialism is present throughout the history of the uprising of the British Empire and the effects it has on the readership and… Continue reading

American Horror Story: Coven, an Appropriation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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FX’s American Horror Story: Coven appropriates Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a modern retelling. The plot orbits teenage witch Zoe Benson and her fellow attendants of Miss Robichaux’s Acadamy for Exceptional Young Ladies, a… Continue reading

Charles Dickens and the Industrial Landscape.

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Charles Dickens was a powerfully sympathetic force in the Victorian Era towards the suffering Middle Class. He believed that misplaced ideals had lead the upper-middle class to pursue riches and delicacies while totally… Continue reading

Feminism

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In the last two segments, I addressed the prevalent hyper-sexualized women that appear throughout She. There is a stark contrast with the time period and the popular view of women; it is exotic… Continue reading

The Victorian Male Mystique: An Examination of Masculinity in H. Rider Haggard’s She

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The Victorian Era was a time of rapid change in England.  Industrialization rapidly changed the landscape of England and the middle class.  And while women had to struggle with having to perform roles… Continue reading

Ayesha v.s. the Imperialist Romance

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While it is important to note Ayesha’s role in defying the typical Victorian gender structure of what a woman should or ought to be, I was more interested in seeing the way that… Continue reading

American Manners Matter

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During the 20th century there were many aspects of American life that baffled English society. As America tried to make their own new society and government, England watched from afar and sometimes up… Continue reading

A Further Discussion

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Friday, I made the case that the authors writing about the “Industrial Predicament” were too involved with their present state to consider the possibility that their present state was not new. While the… Continue reading

Dualism in the Victorian Age

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In Victorian literature , there is an exploration and practice of the idea of duality. Duality, humorously and simply stated, is the split of one into two, while still existing as one. One… Continue reading

Christina Rossetti’s Outlook on Prostitution and Redemption in the Victorian Era

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Prostitution is typically not the first thought that arises when one thinks of Victorian England. It is indeed a period marked by substantial innovations including transportation, industrialism, and literature. Nevertheless, this era was… Continue reading

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