Unmasking the Bourgeoisie

Ideal Life v.s "Real" Life

A Love Story




Real Life


Cruikshank, George. The Bottle, 1847 (Perrot, 78)
 The Bourgeois females wanted to fall in love, marry young, and have a lot of children; after all, they spent a good part of their childhood learning how to tend house, converse with their husband, and talk to their servants. But once a female finds her love, becomes married,and once she begins having children she might find that how she is raised to be is not who she wants to be. It is fun to talk and dream about true love and the future, but the future does not always turn out the way the teacher of the Institution of Marriage says it will. Behind the closed doors of her new home she may find herself coming in second place to her husband's mistress, beaten, or alone without the law on her side.

 For the men, they start off wanting to find a woman who does as she is told and holds a great amount of respect for her future husband. The men want to find beauty in their future wife because beauty can be worth more than the dowry he could receive from her family, and he wants to have children who will carry on his name with pride. What he might not think about is whether his true love can fully satisfy him and treat him the way he expects to be treated, if he is the first to be with his love, or what happens when the love dies down.

  Cruikshank, George. The Bottle, 1847 (Perrot 79)

Victor Hugo, in his novel Les Miserables, shows how a family can appear to have a deep sense of love and loyalty towards one another when, in truth, the family is divided into parts. Within these parts are where loyalty can be found, as well as despair.