Other writers have described the novel as being, as G. At the Gradgrind house, Tom and Louisa are discontented by their education. Robert Thornton in that book, however, is a far better and more just master than Mr. Louisa and Sissy now suspect that Tom has committed the bank robbery, and told Stephen to loiter outside the bank in order to incriminate him.
Rachael will continue her life of honest hard work. Serialized between April 1, — August 12, Literary Period: Bounderby, though the problems of their workers are virtually the same.
Bounderby himself superintends through calculating tabular statements and statistics, and is always secretly rebuking the people of Coketown for indulging in conceitful activities. At this point members of the circus appear, led by their manager, Mr.
Gradgrind in saving her brother from arrest. Hard Times offers ironic commentary at every turn, as, for example, in the deep regard for each other shared by Stephen and another mill hand, Rachel.
Bounderby dies a few years later, and the Gradgrinds, bereft of all that makes life meaningful and pleasant, face long lives of boredom and misery.
After a dispute with Bounderby, he is dismissed from his work at the Coketown mills and, shunned by his former fellow workers, is forced to look for work elsewhere. Nor did Dickens approve of the recently instituted teacher training colleges. John Ruskin declared Hard Times to be his favourite Dickens work due to its exploration of important social questions.
Jupe packed up and abandoned his daughter, leaving Sissy alone. Sissy continues to fall behind in the school, so Mr. Dickens left school and worked in a boot-blacking warehouse to help support his household. Gradgrind has provided well for his family; however, when it comes to love, compassion, and supportive understanding—those things that Dickens sees as essential—the Gradgrind family appears much less blessed than either the mill workers or the economically disadvantaged—but loving—group of circus people, who provide Sissy Jupe with her extended family.
However, it is not Tom whom Bounderby and others blame for the theft, but Stephen Blackpool, an honest but poor mill hand.
While Sissy and her father were very close once, Mr.Charles Dickens Hard Times for These Times. The following entry presents criticism of Dickens's novel Hard Times (). See also Charles Dickens Short Story Criticism, A Christmas Carol Criticism, A Tale of Two Cities Criticism, Little Dorrit Criticism, and Our Mutual Friend Criticism.
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Created by the original team behind SparkNotes, LitCharts are the world's best literature guides. Analysis: 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens Words | 7 Pages. Hard Times as a Social Commentary with Parallels in the Modern Era The novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens is clearly an incitement of the economic and social burden associated with economic and social disparity.
Hard Times – For These Times (commonly known as Hard Times) is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in The book surveys English society and satirises the social and economic conditions of the era.
Hard Times is unusual in several respects. 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.Download