Society is a community of people who share the same government, religion, environment, or culture. Society creates a set of unspoken rules that the community blindly follows. Without society, there would be no morality codes to live by, no standards that people should live to. These “unspoken” rules are altered when going to different societies. One of the most popular societies is the Victorian society which is known for its rapid development in science and also its oppressive restrictions. There were many restrictions in Victorian society, and many were out casted for rebelling against the standards. Some people are not able to hold themselves to these strict standards and slowly decline themselves into insanity because the pressure from society. Robert Louis Stevenson is a prime example of someone who rebelled against the societal pressures. Dr. Jekyll in the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydeis not able to hold himself to the strict Victorian standards, and evidently throws himself into insanity attempting to keep the standards. Stevenson manifests his opinion of Victorian Society in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through Jekyll’s decline into insanity as a result of the pressures of society.
The Victorian era is considered an era of rapid change and development in almost every field of science and politics. However, it is also known for being an era of contradictions. The era is known for its growth and prosperity, one of great political change and economic wealth. Major advancements were being made across all of the fields of science, technology, and medicine. As all of these were changing for the better, society and moral codes remained strict and outdated. Women were not allowed to wear revealing clothing; all of their clothing had to cover all of their legs and arms, and usually consisted of multiple layers. Men were considered the “breadwinners” of the family, and were expected to have high paying jobs so they would be able to live comfortably. Most people adhered to this stereotype. (Laura Cenicola) “Victorian morality can be described as a set of values that supported sexual repression, low tolerance of crime, and a strong social ethic.” (Laura Cenicola) The Victorian era was about suppressing ones feelings. Human emotion was expected to be hidden, and only be shown in private. It was considered improper to show emotions towards others in public places. People were looked down upon when they had emotional outbursts in public.
“These scholars note that Victorians often bowed to conformity, concealing their true natures and tastes and pretending to adhere to social norms. Some Victorians passed themselves off as more pious or moral than they really were. But in reality, pornographic literature and prostitution were common phenomena during the late nineteenth century, showing that some Victorians only pretended to lead chaste lives.”(Joyce Moss)
Along with being contradictory, the era was also ironic because although...