Instructions: Develop an essay of 1,000-1,500 words. Be sure to argue a particular point of view in your essay (your thesis) and cite varied examples from the readings in MLA format in order to support your perspective. Include a works cited page. Additional MLA information can be found here. Please submit your essay to the assignment section of the course. This assignment is worth 20% of your final grade.
Up to this point we have discussed two literary movements, the Romantic period and the Victorian era. You will select one era and in partial fulfillment of Course Objective 4, you will discuss a literary movement in connection with one of our assigned readings.
Select one of the following topics as the focus for your essay:
1. Discuss one work or one author from this course that you believe had the most significant influence on British literary history. Please be sure to maintain third person perspective.
2. In this course we have discussed British literary history and the progression of trends in British literature. Give a brief description of one of the trends we have discussed in the class, with a brief explanation of the characteristics of the trend. You may want to touch on the social, political, historical or cultural issues that influenced this trend. Then provide at least one example of a piece of British literature we have read in this course from this period with a well developed analysis identifying why the selected piece is a good representation of the trend. Note: "Modernism" is an example of what is meant by a "literary trend" in this question.
3. Choose a work of British literature we read in the course. Write a response in which you present arguments for and against the work`s relevance for a person or society in 2015.
Charles Dickens Name: Institution: Course: Date: Charles Dickens The Victorian era marks one of the most influential times in the British history. This is a period that formally started with the ascent of Queen Victoria to power in the year 1837. This also brought an end to the Romantic era. The Victorian era came with great strides in the society, with great changes that shaped Britain. Commerce and industry burgeoned as Britain grew in might among the rest of the nations in the region and even globally (Staff.washington.edu, 2016). It was also during this era that England reached its position as the world imperial power of the time. With the developments that came England during the reign of the queen, London experienced population growth estimated at 4 million. The economic, political and industrial changes of the nation had profound impacts socially. The rapid growth and the disparity that resulted between those that were lucky and those that were not created mixed feelings in the society (Staff.washington.edu, 2016). As such, the writers of the Victorian age also reflected these reactions in the content and context.