Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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Victorian Morality and society in The Importance of Being Earnest
Smirti Priya Das
Abstract
Victorian values emerged in all classes and reached all facets of Victorian living. The values of the period which can be classed as religion, morality, evangelicalism, industrial work ethic, and personality improvement took root in Victorian morality. It is noted that the Victorian morality is associated with family values, charity and thriftiness along with the social tendencies of time including rampant prostitution, child labour and the exploitation of the lower classes. Victorian morality set the standards for different roles that were considered respectable. For example A respectable upper-caste man, for instance, would give to charity to help the deserving poor, a respectable upper-caste women would not violate standards of sexual propriety.
Keywords
Religion, Respectable Morality, Victorian, Uppercaste.
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