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THE VICTORIAN ERAvalues and social class system
Queen Victoria
• 1838: crowned Queen when        eighteen years old• succeeded William IV• but until birth of first  daughter in 1840  Er...
• married prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha  when 20 years old
• gave birth to nine children• arranged the marriages of children and grandchildren  „the grandmother of Europe‟
• mourned very long for  husband   → pro-republic movement      gained popularity• golden and diamond   jubilees
• lived frugal and prudish life  - compensate for her uncle‟s    lifestyle  - raised following the    Kensington system→ “...
Victorian values
• not talking about sex• punishing crime severely• living by strict social rules→ only for one group of society
• beach  - special cubicles to    change and put on    bathing suit - separate beach for    men and women
• very rude to show arms and legs• Queen Victoria collected male nudes
• emotions and sexual feelings:  in the „language of flowers‟• explicit erotica in personal  letters and even newspapers
• sex before marriage = taboo  - many pregnant brides   - limited physical contact     with fiancé• prostitution flourished
• supposed to keep the whole household running• unmarried women: socializing in spare time• worst thing: death of father o...
• supposed to be raised very strictly• had to work long shifts and do dirty jobs    → Oliver Twist• less important persons
Social class system
• wealthy families at court• no need to work: inherited   fortune• best education• Royal Class
• largest class• benefitted the most from Industrial Revolution• Upper Middle Class   and Lower Middle Class
•   Upper Working Class = skilled labour•   Lower Working Class = unskilled labour•   hostile to other classes•   affected...
• the “sunken people”• homeless, unskilled and ill
“We are notamused”
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Social class and values in the Victorian Era

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Social class and values in the Victorian Era

  1. 1. THE VICTORIAN ERAvalues and social class system
  2. 2. Queen Victoria
  3. 3. • 1838: crowned Queen when eighteen years old• succeeded William IV• but until birth of first daughter in 1840 Ernest August I of Hannover was king
  4. 4. • married prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha when 20 years old
  5. 5. • gave birth to nine children• arranged the marriages of children and grandchildren „the grandmother of Europe‟
  6. 6. • mourned very long for husband → pro-republic movement gained popularity• golden and diamond jubilees
  7. 7. • lived frugal and prudish life - compensate for her uncle‟s lifestyle - raised following the Kensington system→ “Victorian” = like Victoria did
  8. 8. Victorian values
  9. 9. • not talking about sex• punishing crime severely• living by strict social rules→ only for one group of society
  10. 10. • beach - special cubicles to change and put on bathing suit - separate beach for men and women
  11. 11. • very rude to show arms and legs• Queen Victoria collected male nudes
  12. 12. • emotions and sexual feelings: in the „language of flowers‟• explicit erotica in personal letters and even newspapers
  13. 13. • sex before marriage = taboo - many pregnant brides - limited physical contact with fiancé• prostitution flourished
  14. 14. • supposed to keep the whole household running• unmarried women: socializing in spare time• worst thing: death of father or husband → poor women: factory work, governess or prostitution → rich women: no inheritance
  15. 15. • supposed to be raised very strictly• had to work long shifts and do dirty jobs → Oliver Twist• less important persons
  16. 16. Social class system
  17. 17. • wealthy families at court• no need to work: inherited fortune• best education• Royal Class
  18. 18. • largest class• benefitted the most from Industrial Revolution• Upper Middle Class and Lower Middle Class
  19. 19. • Upper Working Class = skilled labour• Lower Working Class = unskilled labour• hostile to other classes• affected the worst by immigration
  20. 20. • the “sunken people”• homeless, unskilled and ill
  21. 21. “We are notamused”

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