Do the interests, concerns and experiences of writers in the Nineteenth Century still have relevance to human needs in the twenty-first century?
The reason as to why the texts of the Nineteenth Century are still popular today is due to the transcendent qualities of the interests, concerns and experiences of the writers who wrote such texts.
Firstly the concerns of authors such as Wordsworth transcend time, consequently still proving to have relevance to human needs today. For example Wordsworth refers to the power of literature and juxtaposes it with human experience. In today’s society there is a heavy emphasis placed on the need for an education and a qualification in order to gain employment and earn a living. Whilst this is in mind there is also an importance placed on living a life and gaining experience. This is done through travel and engaging in all aspects of life. The other difference as to how this idea is perceived today compared to the Nineteenth century is the context of society and the modernisation of the idea.
In addition to this the experiences that the Nineteenth Century writers express can be related to in a modern society. Dickens expresses a lack of individuality as this is what he witnesses in society. He was concerned that people were having their creativity suppressed and were not given the opportunity to have their own unique personality. Today, this is still a concern and individuals experience the need to confirm with the societal norms, which ultimately suppresses their individuality and uniqueness. For example the media of the Twenty First Century constantly depict what is the “ideal” female is; they must be skinny, blonde and have straight teeth, be smart but not too smart. They do the same for a male to. These are exactly linked to what Dickens was experiencing in the Nineteenth century however it has been modernised due to the change in context.
The reason as to why the texts of the Nineteenth Century are still popular today is due to the transcendent qualities of the interests, concerns and experiences of the writers who wrote such texts. Although there has been massive and rapid changes in technology and discoveries, the basic core of human needs have remained the same and only shaped to the context in which it is exposed to.