Coping With Hard Times.

Essay by YukaicUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, January 2006

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During the mid-nineteenth century, under Queen Victoria's reign, England was caught in a hectic combination of progress and suffering. Even though England appeared to be progressing, with great technological developments and rising prosperity, the Victorian Era also witnessed hardships never seen before. The people during the period were forced to deal with the afflictions they face in many ways to soothe their miserable lives. Despite the common belief that England was optimistic and flourishing, many who lived in this leading nation still had to endure a staggering amount of hardship-- rich, poor, men, women, and children alike. During these hard times, people had to rely on many physical, spiritual, and psychological assuagements to cope with the hardships they underwent as they contributed to this unprecedented progress and change in the world. Observing the effects of this time period of great progress and sorrow, social writers like Charles Dickens, Friedrich Engels, John Stuart Mill, and Henry Mayhew, inform about the methods people use to endure their sufferings, and conclude that the people should ultimately reside such methods as to sports, unionized revolution, love, imagination, and creative education to cope with their distresses.

The Victorian Era of both prosperity and suffering was originally engendered by the Industrial Revolution, which roughly started since the 1780s. England became one of the key nations that initiated the Industrial Revolution due to large-scale commercialized farming, a strong naval power, efficient commercial class, and successful foreign expansions during the period. With the inventions of the Spinning Jenny and the Water Frame, as well as coal and steam power, production became fast and efficient. Factories no longer needed to rely on rivers for waterpower and move to the large urban areas and save substantial transportation time and fees. Along with newly built railroads, the economy in Britain...