Victorian Literature Quotes

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Religion

'Only God, who made us rich, can make us poor' EBB, Sonnets from the Portuguese


'Kiss the Puritan' AWONI, Mrs Allonby - Mocks Religion, Ignorance of other belief


'Oh Merciful God, have pity' Tess of the D'urbervilles


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Science/Technology/Industry

One of them worked in a white lead factory twelve hours a day for nine shillings a week until she died of lead poisoning. - Mrs Warrens Profession, George Bernard Shaw

Hands - Hard Times, Charles Dickens

'For, all day, we drag our burden tiring, Through the coal-dark, underground — Or, all day, we drive the wheels of iron in the factories, round and round' - EBB

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Place Of Women

'My Little Skylark' 'My Little Spendthrift' 'My Little Squirrel' - A Doll's House

Four grey walls, and four grey towers - The Lady of Shalott, Lord Alfred Tennyson

-Imprisonment reflects oppression of women

-Colour grey reflects dull, placid lives

'There was a light with  nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination' Hard Times

'And the ending is the ordinary ending. The woman suffers. The man goes free.' AWONI

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Class (Education, Child Labour & Prostitution)

' You saw nothing in Coketown. but what was completely workful' Hard Times

' Do you hear the children weeping, oh my brothers' EBB Cry of the Children

One of them worked in a white lead factory twelve hours a day for nine shillings a week until she died of lead poisoning. - Mrs Warrens Profession, George Bernard Shaw

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Philosphy and Psychology

Seventy times did I console with my soul. - Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

-Ideas of forgiveness from God

-Dreams showing the persons true feelings, Lockwood is in an unfamiliar place and as an outsider he feels

Oh! Nelly, the room is haunted! - Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë

-Exclamatory sentences, horror and shock

-Hallucinating, hysteria-Oppression by Edgar

Fact, fact, fact. - Hard Times, Charles Dickens

-Repetition emphasises importance -Utilitarianism

 

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Empire/British Raj

Like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness - Hard Times, Charles Dickens

-Contrast of exotic, powerful animal compared to dull monotonous life of a

 his Wessex home and Strange stars amid the gloam. - Drummer Lodge, Thomas Hardy

-Contrast of humble, normal England to exotic South Africa

 -Strange, unfamiliarity

 The youth of America is their oldest tradition - A Woman of No Importance, Oscar Wilde

-Snobbery to other nations, England is more developed

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