Saturday, October 26, 2019

Science as Savior and Destroyer in The Victorian Age Essay -- Literatu

Science as Savior and Destroyer in The Victorian Age      Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚  Ã‚   â€Å"The Victorian age was first and foremost an age of transition.   The England that    had once been a feudal and agricultural society was transformed into an industrial    democracy† (Mitchell, xiv).   Just about every aspect of Victorian daily life, from    education to cooking to religion and politics, was changing.   â€Å"The Victorian age in English    Literature is known for its earnest obedience to a moralistic and highly structured social code of    conduct; however, in the last decade of the 19th century this order began to be questioned†Ã‚   (It is    my Duty).   In celebration of   industrial achievements the Great Exhibition of 1851 became a    showplace for the world to witness England’s superiority in modern technology.   The exhibit    was â€Å"seen by some six million visitors; in some periods the daily attendance was well over    100,000† (Mitchell, 8).   The new railway system brought the curious visitors from all over the    country.   The next few years would see the construction of the subway system, electric    lights, telegraph and telephone, steamships and electric trams.   Along with the increasing    reliance on technology, the medical field would also share their discoveries with the    world.   The fear of disease would prompt hygienic standards and germ theories.   The    wealthy’s obsession with health beliefs and practices are manifested in their fear of    disease.   This obsession with health is taken to the extreme in the form of Dr. John Harvey    Kellogg and his belief in â€Å"biological living, which included a meatless diet, a ... ... is my Pleasure.†Ã‚   19th Century Victorian Monstrosities.   Essay Two.   Ã‚ Mitchell, Sally.   Daily Life in Victorian England.   Westport, CT:   The Greenwood Press. 1996.   Reed, John R.   The Natural History of H. G. Wells.   Athens, Ohio:   Athens University Press.   1982 Stevenson, Robert Louis.   The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.   1886.   New York:   Dover Publications, Inc.   1991. Wells, H. G.   Experiment in Autobiography:   Discoveries and Conclusions of a Very Ordinary Brain (Since 1866).   1934.   Boston:   Little, Brown and Company.   1962. Wells, H. G.   The Island of Dr. Moreau.   1897.   New York:   Bantam Books, 1994. Wells, H. G.   The Time Machine.   1895.   New York:   Dover Publications, Inc.,   1995. Wilde, Oscar.   The Picture of Dorian Gray. 1890.   New York:   Dover Publications, Inc. 1993.   

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