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    quality of life and the answer to it is subjective to who is being asked. Charles Dickens, a significant, prolific author and reformist of the period, criticized the apparent “progress” of the Industrial Revolution and his novel Hard Times called attention to the deterioration in moral values, exploitation, deprivation and oppression that befell not only to the working class, but affected the middle and upper class…

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    INTRODUCTION In this paper I have taken up Char1es Dickens’s Hard Times for study. I have taken up the themes of society and fami1y and the po1itics of gender in the text. The author, Char1es Dickens was born on 6 January 1837 and he died on 20 Ju1y 1896. He is a we11-known Eng1ish nove1ist who is remembered ti11 today because of his bri11iant prose. Some of his exce11ent and notab1e works inc1ude Great Expectations, Hard Times and O1iver Twist. He was a faithfu1 son to his era the Victorian…

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    The excerpt chosen from Hard Times by Charles Dickens is about a speaker sharing his view of an educational system that runs solely on teaching facts to students. Since the speaker is sharing his view with the schoolmaster and a third grown person, he speaks in a formal language. However, his formality and character makes him the target of the satirical passage as shown in the second paragraph of the excerpt where the narrator provides a description of the speaker. By referring to the speaker’s…

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    Historical info about the period of publication: In 1854, during the 19th century also known as the "Victorian Era" Utilitarianism and Political Economy were growing trends which Charles Dickens disagreed with greatly. Hard Times was written by Dickens to show and display the aspect of these economic theories in a more negative light. Louisa and Tom were raised under strict principles of economic theory as Dickens pictured it, and thus showed how this idea would ruin social and political ideals.…

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    The next issue that Dickens focuses on is the social problems of industrialization. Dickens is known to be one of the novelists who wrote and commented on the social matters of Victorian England in his novels. Hard Times which is no exception, captures contemporary social matters. These contemporary issues are discussed by John D. Baird. The author of "Divorce and Matrimonial Causes": An Aspect of "Hard Times". He argues that these issues are “woven deeply into the texture of the narrative; so…

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    Brendon Kenney Dr. Hansen BLS 301 27 April 2015 What does it Matter? In Hard Times, Charles Dickens explores several themes that he believed adversely affected both the individual in particular and society in general in Victorian England. Following what Thomas Carlyle had termed the “Condition of England Question,” Dickens focuses on the physical, mental, and spiritual oppression of the people, both wealthy and poor, as a result of the prevailing philosophy of the era, Utilitarianism.…

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    When we think of education, most would think of boring books, lecturing teachers and time consuming homework assignments. Yet, education can also come in the form of emotions, creativity, and imagination. However, what are the consequences of solely learning in fact or solely learning in fancy? The individual perspective of one education does not reveal the ideas of the other. This clash of beliefs often ends up in a lack of understanding for the opposing sides. When the world becomes limited in…

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    Miss Julie is naturalistic play written by August Strindberg in 1888. A naturalistic piece is a more extreme form of realism that is defined as “An avant-garde movement, which flourished between 1880 and 1914, that portrayed heredity and environmental factors as the primary causes of human behavior through the accurate rendition of external realities,” explains editor Tobin Nellhaus. Miss Julie contains these naturalistic elements as it takes place in real time and focuses heavily on survival of…

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    While the exact reason for aggressiveness is unknown, scientist have recently been making new discoveries on the root of the growing problem. Regarding this, Jane E. Brody’s “A Bully’s future, from Hard Time to Hard Life” highlights the growing problem of bullying and how it affects not only the bullies but also the victims later on in life. In addition, Pamela Paul’s “The Playground gets Tougher” looks into younger children’s viciousness and how the parent’s attitude could influence the growth…

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    Gender Roles In Hard Times

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    paving a path for women to become educated, and form more equal gender relationships. This development of a new woman formed strongly during the Victorian Era, with help from literary works of Judith Walkowitz, Jane Austen, and Charles Dickens. Prior to the Victorian Era, women had little to no voice. Women were controlled by men, owned no property, and were expected to take care of the home and children. If a woman did work, her options were limited to things such as making clothes, teaching,…

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