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Title: Life in the Late Victorian Age Society in the time of Oscar Wilde


1
Life in the Late Victorian AgeSociety in the
time of Oscar Wilde
  • Mr. Ambrose
  • English 10

2
Victorian Life
  • Victorian life was relatively structured.
  • Social classes were well-defined.
  • Presumably all individuals accepted their station
    in life and were happy within their level of
    society.
  • When an individual did move outside his/her
    class, he/she was generally shunned.
  • Even if you earned money, you would not
    necessarily be accepted by upper social strata.

3
Victorian Society
  • Victorian society was democratic, but featured
    many more restrictions than modern America.
  • Lower classes actually had more freedom.
  • People perceived the lower class as merely
    existing to serve higher classes.
  • Society frequently ignored them.

4
Young Men in the Victorian Age
  • Young men in the upper classes received an
    education, but spent much of their life in
    leisure pursuits.
  • First sons would inherit the family wealth, and
    had little to worry about.
  • Second and subsequent sons could choose to go
    into the service (army) or to become a clergyman.
  • These were respectable positions, but lower on
    the social scale.

5
Young Women in the Victorian Age
  • They were encouraged to marry.
  • Sometimes had an inheritance, but rarely
    controlled their own finances.
  • Ladies were permitted to enjoy pleasurable
    pursuits parties, balls (galas), horseback
    riding, croquet.
  • They were allowed to go to the beach, but they
    would need to wear very conservative bathing
    suits

6
Victorian Bathing Suits
7
Young Girls in the Victorian Age
  • Young girls were taught to supervise a household.
  • Daily routine included consulting with
    housekeeper and cook and planning meals.
  • Free time activities
  • Painting china, needlework, music, literature

8
Four OClock Tea Time
  • A daily routine that became a tradition.
  • Everyone stopped all activities for tea time.
  • Analogous to a siesta in Europe, South America,
    and Central America.
  • Tea was usually poured from a silver or china tea
    pot.
  • Sandwiches and sweets (biscuits, tarts) were
    served.
  • An important social interruption.
  • Dinner was not usually served until 800 pm.

9
Tea Time in America
  • Do you believe a tradition like this would have
    any place or advantage in contemporary America?
  • Is tea time observed anywhere on this continent?
  • Do Americans have a substitute for this custom?

10
Host your own Tea Time
  • For extra credit, you can host your own tea time!
  • Bring in a photo and a short description of your
    event.
  • Good times!

11
Evening Entertainment
  • In the evening, people during the Victorian era
    usually watched Family Guy on their televisions.

12
Evening Entertainment
  • J/K
  • Evenings included a formal dinner (8 PM).
  • Families then might move into the Drawing Room to
    enjoy musical entertainment, provided by younger
    girls in the family.
  • Gentlemen might retire to play billiards.
  • On festive occasions, families might play games
    or have dances at the country estate.

13
Homes in the Victorian Era
  • Some members of the upper class kept an apartment
    in town (London)
  • If they did not own there, they rented during the
    season so that the young girls could be
    presented to society and the young men could find
    brides.
  • These apartments would be called flats, which
    is the English word for floor.

14
After the Victorian Era
  • For the upper classes, this style of living
    continued until WWII.
  • After WWII, social structures underwent great
    changes and the balance of power among nations
    shifted.
  • Despite changes in home life and industry, the
    Victorian tradition of tea time can still be
    enjoyed in homes, hotels, and parks.
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