The Victorian Era
During the Victorian Era, a sense of distinction of the higher classes and monarchy was juxtaposed against the utter poverty of the lowest class. With Parliament ruling, the government attempted to keep the people under control in hopes that revolution would not overtake England as it had in France. Because of the major changes in England’s industry, common people lost jobs and faced prison and death sentences for petty crimes. While the changes in industry would be beneficial in the future for England in comparison to America’s success, they initially left more citizens jobless, hungry, and desperate. London was changing and expanding so rapidly, infrastructure could not keep up.
However, a refined side of London masked the destitution of the working class. The rich remained educated and to themselves, away from the East End. Fashion for the wealthy ranged from the hourglass gown in the early part of the era to slimming, fitting dresses in the later half. The poor men of the era donned second-hand coats collected from the higher classes. It was obvious, however, in the lack of tailoring and out-dated style. Without aid from the government, the poor of the Victorian Era were constantly suffering while the rich were oblivious. This opposition in classes presents how large London was at the time and how different the lives of the citizens could be.