It was considered that God created human beings & other living beings. The common people accepted whatever was told by the religious leaders. Darwin was bold. He knew that Copernicus was considered a mad person as he said that the Earth revolves around the Sun. There was a Scientist who was telling that man evolved through a long period of natural selection & rejection.
Then his father sent him to a college where priests were trained, but he faltered there too. What was his hobby? Young Charles loved to catch the insects & chase the birds. His father once told him that he would bring dishonor to the family. But the nature-loving Darwin got an opportunity when a British government-owned ship viz HMS Beagle was set to go around the world.