Charles Dickens | Hard Times | A Review

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Charles Dickens | Hard Times | A Review

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Charles Dickens  Hard Times  A Review

Charles Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’-A Review

Hard Times is a novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1854. It is a work of social criticism that explores the dehumanizing effects of industrialization and capitalism on the people of 19th-century England. In this novel, Dickens portrays a bleak picture of the society in which he lived, with its rampant poverty, greed, and corruption.

The novel is set in the fictional town of Coketown, which is modeled on the industrial city of Manchester. The story revolves around several characters who are all affected by the harsh realities of life in this town. The main characters are Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy and influential businessman who believes in the importance of facts and reason above all else, and his children, Louisa and Tom. The other major characters include Sissy Jupe, a circus performer who is taken in by the Gradgrinds, and Josiah Bounderby, a self-made man who rose from poverty to become a wealthy factory owner.

The novel is divided into three books, each of which focuses on a different aspect of life in Coketown. In Book One, we are introduced to the Gradgrind family and their philosophy of “facts, facts, facts.” This philosophy is based on the belief that emotions and imagination are useless and that everything can be explained by reason and logic. However, the limitations of this approach become apparent as Louisa and Tom struggle to find meaning and happiness in their lives.

Book Two introduces us to the harsh realities of life in Coketown, where the workers in the factories are treated like machines and are expected to work long hours for little pay. Dickens portrays the misery and poverty of these workers in vivid detail and shows how they are exploited by the factory owners like Bounderby.

Book Three focuses on the downfall of Bounderby, who is revealed to be a fraud and a hypocrite. Dickens uses Bounderby’s story to criticize the self-made man ideal and to show how social class and privilege play a role in determining one’s success.

In conclusion, Hard Times is a powerful critique of the dehumanizing effects of industrialization and capitalism on society. Through its vivid portrayal of life in Coketown, Dickens exposes the poverty, exploitation, and corruption that were rampant in 19th-century England. The novel’s themes of social inequality, moral hypocrisy, and the importance of imagination and empathy are still relevant today, making Hard Times a timeless classic of English literature. 0 0 0.

Charles Dickens Hard Times A Review

N.B. The article originally belongs to the book entitled ‘Reviews of Charles Dickens’ Works‘ by Menonim Menonimus.

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