Hard Times Essays

Use of Exaggeration in Hard Times

Dickens has cleverly used exaggeration in Hard Times, in the form of caricature and farce to criticize the theory of utilitarianism; the popular way of living in the Victorian age. Utilitarianism comes under the theory of consequentialism which dictates that one should always judge an action from...

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Marriage and Divorce in "Hard Times"

The victorian era in England gave birth to the first real industrial society the world had ever seen. With the rise of industry came large cities, an expanded working class population and the rapid rise of imperialism. Although England was progressing towards a more powerful place in the world...

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Hard Times as a Moral Fable

Moral fable combines the left (logical) & right (creative) side of the brain, so it both entertains creatively and validates certain types of behaviour, morally. The creative part is the fairy tale which often involves animals rather than humans. It speaks to our hearts as it entertains us...

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Divorce in Hard Times

The sexual codes of the Protestant monogamous marriage were the touchstones of Victorian morality. An unshakable faith in the social convention and legal institution of marriage as a source of morality, informs a wide spectrum of discursive articulations in nineteenth century Britain. Sexual...

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Hard Times Essay

When one thinks of a “fairy tale” story they think of the themes and characterization of any common “fairy tale” such as; good vs. evil, hero/heroin vs. evil villain, good triumphs evil and love conquers all, these are some of the obvious themes of any ”fairy...

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Fancy Versus Fact: A Study of Two of Dicken’s Characters

Charles Dicken’s novel Hard Times is a commentary on the shortcomings of the Mid-Nineteenth Century England’s Industrialization Era, which favored the development of human beings into machines, without having any emotions or imagination. The characters in this novel have allegorical shades and...

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Hard Times: Struggle of Fact vs Imagination and Struggle Between Two C

Hard Times: Struggle of Fact vs Imagination and Struggle Between Two Classes Charles Dickens' novel, Hard Times, is a story of two struggles--the struggle of fact versus imagination and the struggle between two classes. It takes place in Coketown, and industrial-age English city. The novel is...

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Introduction to Hard Times

The shortest of Dickens' novels, Hard Times, was also, until quite recently, the least regarded of them. The comedy is savagely and scornfully sardonic, to the virtual exclusion of the humour - that delighted apprehension of and rejoicing in idiosyncrasy and absurdity for their own sakes, which...

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Hard Times

.Hard Times In the novel Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, we can immediately see the problems that occurred in England around the times period of the mid 18oo's. Dickens shows us how the class system works and what the economy was then and what it would shape out to be. This novel is split into...

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Hard Times/Charles Dickens

The novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens offers a glimpse into the life and times during the industrial revolution in England during the nineteenth century. Dickens offers a wide range of characters from the upper class factory owner to the lowest class factory workers. He creates characters in...

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Hard Times and Charles Dickens

The novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens is a fictitious glimpse into the lives of various classes of English people that live in a town named Coketown during the Industrial Revolution. The general culture of Coketown is one of utilitarianism. The school there is run by a man ready to weigh and...

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Dickens Symbolism in Hard Times

Hard Times Symbolism, Imagery & allegory Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye. Fairy Palaces and Elephants (a. k. a. Factories and the Machinery inside them) This one is from the narrator and runs throughout the novel: the idea that the ugly, square, fact-based, oppressive mills...

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Hard Times, Charles Dickens

Hard Times, Charles Dickens The Industrial Revolution is the period marking the introduction of mass production, improved transportation, technical progress and the industrial factory system. Industrialisation changed people’s lives because Britain progressed from just a centre of “worldwide...

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Hard Times Analysis

Hard Times It is obvious that Charles Dickens is trying to express his negative feelings towards the industrial revolution by describing the town the way he does. He uses a large amount of figures of speeches and metaphors to indirectly describe the depressing look of Coketown and the people that...

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Charecter of Mrs.Sparsit in Hard Times.

MRS. sparsit is an elderly lady who is highly connected and have a huge aristpcratic bvackground. her husband belonged to the family of "POWERLS". Scadgers.... she is a widow now, fallen yupon evil days to take up job. She works as a housekeeper olf mr. Josiah Bounderby. bounderby treats her in...

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Hard Times

Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which...

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Hard Times- Dickens [Education]

“I am as proud as you are. I am just as proud as you are. ” Dickens is an intrusive narrator who comments on the characters through their dialogues and thoughts. Through the above lines, uttered by Bounderby, Dickens presents his observations of an age in which religion, taking a simplistic view...

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The Worst Hard Times

The Worst Hard Times Study Guide Chapters 3-5 I. PROMISE: The Great Plowup, 1901-1930 Chapter 3: Creating Dalhart 1. Vocabulary (choose 3 that you want to make sure you know): sharecropping (p. 52), optimism (p. 53), factory farms (p. 53), hooch (p. 54), landlord (56), cannon fodder (57) 2. Make a...

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Hard Times

Compare the characters of Slackbridge and Blackpool in this chapter. How do they symbolise both the values that Dickens admires and the attributes he dislikes? In this chapter Slackbridge is presented as a loud, hot tempered and shallow man, whereas Blackpool is presented as an honest, calm and...

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Hard Times Charles Dickens

Ritsie Armington Mrs. Thompson AP English Lit 11/6/12 In the novel, “Hard Times,” Charles Dickens uses Mr. Gradgrind, Louisa Gradgrind and Sissy Jupe to express his view on Utilitarianism. Utilitarians believe “our moral faculty, according to all those of its interpreters who are entitled to the...

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