present the victorian situationHow does MATTHEW ARNOLD present the Victorian situationin DOVER BEACH?Discuss

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One way in which Arnold presents one typical Victorian problem in "Dover Beach" involves his emphasis on religious doubt -- on the receding sea of faith. Arnold often feels caught between two ages, "one dead, the other powerless to be be born" (as he says in another poem). This same sense of alienation, of in-betweenness, of pessimism and even despair, is also found in "Dover Beach."

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