Author Archives: Michaelena Ferraro

Connections in Readings

One theme that we tend to see constantly throughout most of the literature we analyze in this class is the criticism of politics in society. This is why it is important that we understand the context of when these different types of literature were written. The reason why I chose this connection amongst the writings as particularly interesting is because it has been a very pertinent topic in the writing of Harriet Martineau and Carlyle. They both go in depth on describing society and the political climate of the world around them. Harriet Martineau discusses the impact of the “governments power” in Society in America. I believe the idea of greed and power is touched on briefly in both writings. Carlyle in his own way and own style of writing discusses the greed of those that have wealth and power. The reoccurring issue that they feel they can do as they please without taking into account other peoples situations in the same society. Carlyle mentions a society where there is wealth all around yet there is still pain and suffering. This aligns with Martineau’s ideals in the fact that the government has so much power to correct society yet they use their power for greed.

What I hope to learn about Victorian Literature

I hope to dive into what exactly sets Victorian Literature apart from all other kinds of literature from different eras. Of course this course centers around what connects all of the literature, however while you learn about this you may also pick up on the things that are drastically different about each of the different styles of writing. I hope to learn about what inspired these writers from this era to write. I want to understand why it was decided that Victorian Literature would be classified by the reign of Queen Victoria. Why was her reign specifically important enough to warrant it to have its very own era and how these different pieces of writing all fall into that category? I hope to learn about what style of writing was the most popular and the most important during this time. Lastly, I want to know what inspired the dramatic switch from the Romantic period to the very new literature that we see in the Victorian Era.