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"The Lost World" By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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What Can The Lost World Tell Us About Victorian Attitudes To Race Gender And The Environment?This book, though written in Victorian times, is still a quite modern type of story, as it can easily be adapted for modern times, for example, Instead of an expedition to a plateau it could be an expedition to another planet. Also the style in which is written is different to today's books, because in the Lost World a lot of the conversations and descriptions are drawn out longer than they would be in today's book, because in Victorian time's books were one of the few entertainments they could enjoy at home, whereas today we can sit down in front of the TV, so they expected it to be longer so it could be enjoyed for longer.The character of Gladys is stereotypical of women in Victorian times, that men need to do all the hard hero work while their wife basks in the reflected glory, and women should be envied for their man, Gladys is also a very shallow person because she will only marry Ned if he is famous and becomes a hero or something, so this is the reason Ned goes on the expedition in the first place, because he sees this as an opportunity to become a hero to impress Gladys, and that when he returns he could marry her. But to show how shallow Gladys is, when Ned does come back he finds that she has already married, and her husband is no hero either; he is just a boring solicitor's clerk, so after all that talking of wanting a hero of a husband, she marries a pathetic little solicitor's clerk.We can see why she is portrayed in such a way because the book was written by the man Arthur Conan Doyle, revealing the attitude of Victorian men towards women, however in the modernised television series a woman is taken on the expedition, the character is supposed to be an expert in some scientific field relevant to the expedition, so this adds a little love interest, and in the end Ned marries her.Despite the overall attitude, the characters may have slightly different views, on race and the environment, such as Professor Challenger, who as a scientist, has respect for nature as does Professor Summerlee who is a botanist. But they do demonstrate how they think they are superior to other humans, such as in chapter 14 when the expedition have rescued some Indians Challenger seizes one of the Indians and "proceeded to lecture upon him as if he were some kind of potted specimen in a classroom."Lord John Roxton is described as being strongly built, a little over 6 feet tall, loves sports such as boxing and hunting he is an exceptional shot with a rifle and has many animal head trophies on his wall, and although he is rich and considered to be 'upper class', he is unafraid to go for an adventure, and has had many past experiences. One such as in Peru, when he killed all the slave drivers, such as...

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