Abstract: The 19th century is considered by some to be the golden age of English Literature, especially for British novels. It was in the Victorian era that the novel became the leading literary genre in English. In this era the novels were about the common man, which also happened to be the struggles of the lower class. These struggles usually included a lower class citizen trying to gain upward mobility. Thus, a subgenre called Social Realism was born. One of the most popular novels of this time is in the Social Realism genre.