By: Katie Pham
Due: November 07, 2014
The Victorian Era was the time that brought England to its highest point of development as a world power. Though this is true, the social condition during the time was ghastly.
Queen Victoria's influence during this time was so great that it was named after her. According to Jamie Frater, after her husband died, she "went into mourning – donning black frocks until her own death many years later – and expected her nation to do so too". That does not sound very welcoming. She rarely ever set foot in London since her husband's death to the day of her death. Apparently her husband was severely significant to her, because her gloominess affected all of which she ruled, which created an overall creepy atmosphere.
According to Frater, "Poorhouses were government-run facilities where the poor, infirm, or mentally ill could live". These poorhouses contained the people who were unwanted and a burden to the society that live above them. At the time, poverty was seen as dishonorable as it came from a lack of the moral virtue of industriousness. The majority of the people there were required to work to contribute to the cost of their board. It was not uncommon for whole families to live together with other families in the communal environment either, so it was often crowded. In the Victorian era, life didn't get much worse than that of a poorhouse resident.
It was very lucky if someone was to get a well-trained doctor with a clean work area. One out of four patients as a result of it. In addition to that, painkillers, anesthesia, and electric equipment to reduce the duration of an operation. They had people hold the patients down while they suffered through all the surgical procedures and hoped for the best.
Frater, Jamie. "Top 10 Creepy Aspects of Victorian Life." Listverse. Listverse Ltd, 2007. Web. 31 October 2014.