Victorian Age W5

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This lesson contains 30 slides, with interactive quizzes, text slides and 6 videos.

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Slide 1 - Video

The Victorian Age (1)
  • Started around 1830 ended in early 20th century
  • Named after Queen Victoria (1837 - 1901)
  • Britain: great economic and political power
  • "The workshop of the world"
  • "The empire on which the sun never set"

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Young Victoria
Elderly Victoria

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The White Man's Burden - Rudyard Kipling
TAKE up the White Man's burden -
Send forth the best ye breed -
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild -
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man's burden -
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.

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The Victorian Age (2)
  • Empire building: Britain's national destiny
  • Sense of moral superiority (white man's burden)
  • From  1830s: Laws aimed at reform (Reform Bills, Poor Laws, educational laws)
  • Yet: period of great social inequality
  • rich vs poor ("the two nations")
  • men vs women ("Victorian double standard")

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Slide 7 - Video

What do you think is the reason Prince Albert wanted such a big and beautiful building to hold the exhibition?

Slide 8 - Open question

Explain in your own words: Why was the Great Exhibition so special?

Slide 9 - Open question

The Victorian Age (3)
  • Scientific discovery and progress

  • Growing uncertainty and intellectual doubt"
  • Religious beliefs vs scientific evidence
  • Discovery of fossils
  • Theory of evolution 

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Slide 11 - Video

Do you think rich children also had to work? Can you imagine how their lives differed?

Slide 12 - Open question

rich children
raised by a nanny & spoiled 
hardly any contact with their parents
not allowed to eat at the same table
needed to marry a person from the same class

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Victorian literature - Poetry
  • A continuation of the Romantic period
  • Themes: nature  / the past / the human spirit

  • Important poets:
  1. Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)
  2. Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

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Victorian literature - the novel
  • The age of the novel
  • Growing audience for "true stories"
  • Greater wealth (rise of the middle classes)
  • Better education (rise in literacy)
  • Instalment system (novels published in serial form)

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Important authors
  • Charles Dickens (Oliver Twist, Great Expectations)
  • The Brontë Sisters (Charlote, Anne and Emily) 
    Or Currer, Ellis en Acton Bell (Wuthering Heights)
  • George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans)
  • Thomas Hardy
  1. poet + novelist / main theme: tragic lives of ordinary people
  2.  The Mayor of Casterbridge / Tess of the d'Urberville

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Important authors - 2
  • Henry James (The Portrait of a Lady)
  • Joseph Conrad (Heart of Darkness)
  • Sir Arthur Canon Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)
  • HG Wells (The Time Machine / The Invisible Man / The War of the Worlds)

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Position of women in Victorian Times
*Poor women had to work

*Bad living conditions

* no rights to vote, husband was the boss
Difference between the classes:
*Rich women were supposed to be "the Angel of the House"
*Well-furnished houses & enough food, servants
* no rights to vote, husband decided on everything

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Lower classes 
- Bad living conditions lower classes/poor 
- Reform bills to improve situation labourers (child labour)
Max. 48 hours if 9 years old
Bit of education...
Bad health circumstances

Sufragettes: women's & votes
1918 :allowed to vote if 30 years old
1928: 21 years old
Right to vote for women & lower classes

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Read the text in your booklet on page 33 to 37 and
answer the following questions.

Slide 21 - Slide

Describe the "curious double standard of morality of the middle classes" in your own words.

Slide 22 - Open question

Describe the dilemma for the Victorian Husband.

Slide 23 - Open question

What would you have done if you were a middle class man/woman in the Victorian era?

Slide 24 - Open question

Slide 25 - Video

Consider the video you've just watched and try to think of a question that could appear on the test (1).

Slide 26 - Open question

Slide 27 - Video

Consider the video you've just watched and try to think of a question that could appear on the test (2).

Slide 28 - Open question

Slide 29 - Video

Next week:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The week after:
Jane Eyre by Emily Brontë

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