Assignment 2, The Bitter Cry of Outcast London (1883)

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When analysing 'The bitter cry of outcast London' the background, attitudes and purposes and intended audience of the works, are all important pieces of information which can be drawn from the writing. This information allows us to put the writing in context and see it from the perspective of the Victorian audience as well as our modern day selves. The strict moral codes in the Victorian era are an important aspect of Mearn's text. It seems that he himself is a member of the clergy, or a deeply religious person, as he uses many religious references in this piece. An example of this is ''...thousands of beings who belong, as much as you, to the race for whom Christ died.'' and ''...this must be done before the Christian missionary can have much chance with them.'' These lines show us , not only Mearn's own strong religious beliefs, but the significance of Christianity to the general population and , in particular, the intended audience. This audience is also probably middle class, along with Mearns, as he seems to know well the subjects which are held close to the heart of the readers. The middle classes in these times would have been somewhat 'socially censored' and surprisingly, know little about the slums to which they may well have lived literally next door. It appears evident from the level of detail and description in the text that Mearns expect his readers to know little or nothing at all about the topic ''The Bitter Cry...'' is written in a deeply emotive and detailed manner. The purpose of this is likely to be to capture the sympathy of the middle class readers, rather than sheer disgust and horror. This attitude in the writing works towards the main aims of raising awareness of this hidden class and inspire people to help For this reason the writer doesn't apportion blame to people, for the situation of the working classes. He almost begs
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