Victorian Literature as a Reflection of Its Time
Summary: Both Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story "The Minister's Black Veil" demonstrate how the popular Victorian Era of literature built on suspense and preyed on the natural curiosity of all avid readers. Both pieces of writing contained Victorian literary characteristics, including the notion that appearance is everything; scientific discovery; a rigorous social code; literature of opposites; fashion and smoking; and the Industrial Revolution.
In Victorian Literature, there are many key characteristics that one can look for in order to distinguish a pieces time. Some of these characteristics are a) appearance is everything; b) scientific discovery; c) a rigorous social code; d) literature of opposites; e) fashion and smoking; and ). the Industrial Revolution. Many pieces of literature are representations of (their) times based on the characteristics (or various combinations of such) that are utilized. One such work that demonstrate this is Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a novel composed by Robert Louis Stevenson. Another example is found in "The Minister's Black Veil", a short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Both are exlampory demonstrations of how the popular Victorian Era of literature built on suspense and preyed on the natural curiosity of all avid readers
In the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde...