'AIC' - The Victorian Influence

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  • The Victorian Influence
    • charity
      • 'Poor Law' was set up by Queen Elizabeth I to offer support to the poor
        • Queen Victoria reformed this act as she believed the poor should work to earn their help
          • this is why workhouses were set up
            • people facing poverty worked in awful conditions so they could be worthy of being helped
    • the poor
      • 'deserving poor'
        • the poor had to be judged for their worth
          • they could be helped if deemed moral
      • those who offered charity were believed to be socially and morally superior
        • seen as impressive
    • women
      • 'fallen women' e.g. prostitues, mistresses and adulterers
        • women who lost their innocence and fallen from the grace of God
        • these women were condemned and ostracised by society
    • hierarchy
      • strict rules
        • a lot of Victorian morals were taken from the Bible
          • interpretations was more harsh and extreme
          • your role in the hierarchy was determined by what expectations you should fulfull
          • included honesty, cleanliness, sexual restraint and  politeness
    • repression
      • a side affect of restraint was a great deal of hypocrisy
      • brothels and opium dens of Victorian London thrived
        • sinful activities
      • upper class men usually lived a 'double life'
        • we see evidence of this double life in 'AIC' e.g. Eric and Gerald going to brothels


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