Historical Context in The Lady of Shalott
Victorian Women: The Victorian era (1837-1901) was characterized by a very strict set of rules governing social interactions. Women, especially upper class women, were relegated to the domestic sphere and often barred by their fathers and husbands from participating in society . There was a large emphasis on chastity and purity, which meant that interaction between men and women was limited to the domain of family. Women mostly remained indoors and performed household tasks like weaving, cooking, and cleaning. The isolation experienced by the Lady of Shalott echoes the situation of the cloistered Victorian woman, who has very few rights and almost no personal agency.