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By Charles Dickens

Dickens’ scathing portrait of Victorian business society and its misapplied utilitarian philosophy, Hard Times positive aspects schoolmaster Thomas Gradgrind, one in every of his such a lot richly dimensional, memorable characters. full of the main points and wonders of small-town existence, it's also a bold novel of ideas—and finally, a party of affection, wish, and unlimited chances of the mind's eye.

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Without reliance on talking animals, then, Dickens creates a kind of fable. He upholds the importance of the imagination by praising the fairy tale, and he employs the processes of the fairy tale as he writes Hard Times. In addition, the novel is compressed and fabulous because Dickens had to produce serial parts on a weekly basis; he hadn’t much time to consider what he would produce, and he hadn’t the space in which to permit his characters to develop and expand. They had to demonstrate moral and social issues through exaggerated speech and action.

The actual lives of men and women are sacrificed by others on the altar of their own need, and many of this novel’s characters are castaways. Nothing, at last, is of value to the villains of the novel—they are the manufacturers, the government, the spouses or the blood relations of their victims—except their own advantage. Dickens writes, then, of a world of social Darwinism and domestic breakdown in which those with power devour those with less or none. While comedic elements are threaded through the fabric of the novel, it is woven mostly of disapproval, disappointment, and dismay.

Indeed, Thomas did not look at him, but gave himself up to be taken home like a machine. ” said Mr. ” “Wanted to see what it was like,” returned Louisa, shortly. ” There was an air of jaded sullenness in them both, and particularly in the girl: yet, struggling through the dissatisfaction of her face, there was a light with nothing to rest upon, a fire with nothing to burn, a starved imagination keeping life in itself somehow, which brightened its expression. Not with the brightness natural to cheerful youth, but with uncertain, eager, doubtful flashes, which had something painful in them, analogous to the changes on a blind face groping its way.

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