The Victorian Period: A Time for Drastic Change. Does Wuthering Heights Accurately Represent the Victorian Period?

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The Victorian period was a time filled with changes such as the women's rights movement, which drastically changed writing and the voice of women from that point on. Many changes in society both at home and out in the public made it so women had a voice in their everyday lives. With these changes, women were treated as equals among men, instead of being treated as servants, and their opinions were important. Thus the Victorian Era was a start of a period of significant changes which affected the literary world which now had the contributions of women.

The Victorian era expresses the time of Queen Victoria's rule from 1837-1901, which was an era of expansion in culture, especially in society and politics. The women's rights movement was one of the most important events in the Victorian Era that affected literature. Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichan was one of the foremost founders of the women's rights movement in Britain.

During this time, women were protesting their social status and fighting for their rights to be treated as equals among men and gaining the privilege to vote. People were finally taking the weight of their social responsibility, unlike the period before them, the Romantics ("Victorian Web").

Among this period we start to see many social changes, turning events in the favor of women. Many important laws were passed giving women more rights and giving them a sense of control in their lives. The Child Custody Act of 1893, the First Married Women's Property Act of 1870 and the equal franchise act of 1928 were just a few of many laws passed that gave women a sense of control. For once they were not completely helpless, and they were able to live their lives without the need for a man. These acts gave women...