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Unformatted text preview: These distinctions correlate to the 21 st centurys upper and lower class distinctions that are used. Altick states that religion made much difference in social standing (Altick 31). If the citizen was Anglican, he would rank higher than a Nonconformist or Methodist. The Anglican Church was the Church of England in the Victorian era, hinting at why Anglicans were respected and in a higher class. Altick states that 90 percent of the characters in the Victorian fiction which is read today belong to the middle class and the gentry (Altick 33). Reading about the middle class would stand to reason as it was the largest group in Victorian society. Even with the different distinctions within the classes, authors portrayed characters that had economical struggles or prosperity....
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course RHET 102 taught by Professor Deis during the Spring '08 term at Hampden-Sydney.
- Spring '08