In what way is Treasure Island a typical or atypical novel from the Victorian Age?
I know that Treasure Island was published during the Victorian Age, but to me it seems that Treasure Island does not show any characteristics of the Victorian Age. To be complete, the characteristics of the Victorian Age are: great importance was attached to morals and ethics, one should behave in a respectable and decent way, life was quite prudish and people tend to be hypocritical.
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There were some 40,000 novels published during the Victorian period, an era defined by the long and prosperous reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) . They were no more uniform in nature than the 21st century. People were no more likely to be hypocrites in the 19th century than they are now.
It's important to remember that the canon of Victorian novels taught in 21st century classrooms is generally focussed on more complex intellectual works, often involving profound analysis of character and ethical dilemmas. There was also a great deal of popular literature in the period, including numerous best-selling "sensation novels" that consisted of lively and improbable stories intended for simple entertainment.
Treasure Island is actually a fairly typical children's story of the time. Other examples of late 19th and early 20th century children's stories which are somewhat similar might include Kipling's Just So stories and the works of E. Nesbit and Enid Blyton. Like Stevenson's work, they are primarily entertain adventure stories, but they do convey some sense of what was considered proper or moral behaviour for children.,
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