Hard Times: For These Times



My Satire Is Against Those Who See Figures And Averages, And Nothing Else, Proclaimed Charles Dickens In Explaining The Theme Of This Classic Novel Published In 1854, The Story Concerns One Thomas Gradgrind, A Fanatic Of The Demonstrable Fact, Who Raises His Children, Tom And Louisa, In A Stifling And Arid Atmosphere Of Grim Practicality.Without A Moral Compass To Guide Them, The Children Sink Into Lives Of Desperation And Despair, Played Out Against The Grim Background Of Coketown, A Wretched Community Shadowed By An Industrial Behemoth Louisa Falls Into A Loveless Marriage With Josiah Bouderby, A Vulgar Banker, While The Unscrupulous Tom, Totally Lacking In Principle, Becomes A Thief Who Frames An Innocent Man For His Crime Witnessing The Degradation And Downfall Of His Children, Gradgrind Realizes That His Own Misguided Principles Have Ruined Their Lives.Considered Dickens Harshest Indictment Of Mid 19th Century Industrial Practices And Their Dehumanizing Effects, This Novel Offers A Fascinating Tapestry Of Victorian Life, Filled With The Richness Of Detail, Brilliant Characterization, And Passionate Social Concern That Typify The Novelist S Finest Creations.Of Dickens Work, The Eminent Victorian Critic John Ruskin Had This To Say He Is Entirely Right In His Main Drift And Purpose In Every Book He Has Written And All Of Them, But Especially Hard Times, Should Be Studied With Close And Earnest Care By Persons Interested In Social Questions.Hard Times: For These Times

George Orwell and G K Chesterton for its realism, comedy, prose style, unique characterisations, and social criticism On the other hand, Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Virginia Woolf complained of a lack of psychological depth, loose writing, and a vein of saccharine sentimentalism The term Dickensian is used to describe something that is reminiscent of Dickens and his writings, such as poor social conditions or comically repulsive characters.On 8 June 1870, Dickens suffered another stroke at his home after a full day s work on Edwin Drood. He never regained consciousness, and the next day he died at Gad s Hill Place Contrary to his wish to be buried at Rochester Cathedral in an inexpensive, unostentatious, and strictly private manner, he was laid to rest in the Poets Corner of Westminster Abbey A printed epitaph circulated at the time of the funeral reads To the Memory of Charles Dickens England s most popular author who died at his residence, Higham, near Rochester, Kent, 9 June 1870, aged 58 years He was a sympathiser with the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed and by his death, one of England s greatest writers is lost to the world His last words were On the ground , in response to his sister in law Georgina s request that he lie down from Wikipedia

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  • Paperback
  • 164 pages
  • Hard Times: For These Times
  • Charles Dickens
  • 06 July 2018
  • 9781975978600

10 thoughts on “Hard Times: For These Times

  1. says:

    This book is, for me, Dickens best I loved every second of it, the darkness of Tom s steady descent into drinking and gambling were brilliant and there were several times I found myself simply rereading a few paragraphs over and over, in awe at them The end of Chapter XIX, The Whelp, is something I hold in very high regard as possibly one of his best pieces of writing ever I want to deal with the characters individually from here, since I feel they are all very important.Mr Gradgrind Facts This man s obsession with facts and hate for fantasy is possibly one of the most genius parts of the plot, highlighting exactly what Dickens means to say His regret at the end serves to show the inevitable outcome of living his sort of life, and is done in a very clever way His name is also wonderful I like to say it Gradgrind It s great, isn t it Bounderby Dickens made me hate him, and he was made to be hated For all his bluster and superiority he is in fact worse in moral integrity than Stephen or Tom, which is why I was intensely glad as Louisa took her steps away from him He really is a bounder.Louisa Loo A perfect tragic heroine, but I couldn t help thinking than once that she should really get some backbone But I suppose that was the point, so she was...

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    Mr Thomas Gradgrind , a very wealthy, former merchant, now retired, only believes in facts, and mathematics, two plus two, is four facts are important, facts will lift you into prosperity, facts are what to live by, they are the only thing that matters, everything else is worthless knowing He sets up a model school, were the terrorized students, will learn this, and other subjects that are unfortunately, also taught the eminently practical man, teaches his five children at birth facts They fear him, a dictator, at home, his weak minded, sick wife, just looks on, wrapping herself up, to keep warm and complaining of her weariness But fictitious Coketown , Manchester is a dirty, factory town, incessant noises from countless machines, powered by coal, chimneys forever spewing dark gases, polluting the air, thick smoke like a twisting snake high above the atmosphere, moving this way and that, spreading all through the surrounding areas, the filth, the sickness, and early death, to the inhabitants, but the hands are not relevant, money is, making lots of it, that, and only that A foul smelling canal, and even , a purple river, flows by , the buildings becoming an ugly gray, quickly, the people have to escape to the countryside, to breath fresh healthy air Travelers going by this place, can only imagine there is a city there, under the black cloud covering, yet they can t see it Mr Gradgrind best friend, if there is such an animal, in his circle, is the banker, and ...

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    Hard Times is Dickens s novel set in the fictional Coketown and centering around utilitarian and industrial influences on Victorian society Dickens s brilliant use of characterization can be seen in high form here and as always, his naming of his story s populace is entertaining by itself The best is without a doubt Mr McChokumchild, a teacher Louisa Gradgrind is a thinly disguised fictionalization of John Stuart Mill One of the great things about reading literature from the 1800s or earlier is that a reader can ascertain how contemporary works have been influenced by the older work Wildly inspirational and influential Elements of Hard Times and Dickens work in general can be seen in Roger Waters works, Monty Python and even The Big Lebowski 2018 Dickens character names are the best Gradgrind Bounderby, Jupe, Sparsit Harthouse, Blackpool, Slackbridge But of course Mr McChoakumchild is the best, maybe...

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    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 So begins Hard Times, and what an opening this is We know instantly from this, some of what the novel will be about, and the character of the man who says these words He is plain speaking in his inflexible, dry, and dictatorial voice, direct and committed to his extreme view of teaching as instruction His name is Mr Thomas Gradgrind, an eminently practical man , and he has an ailing wife, and five children called Louisa, Tom, Jane and revealingly Adam Smith and Malthus He has a misguided idea of Utilitarianism as a ideal in all things, only valuing facts and statistics, and ruthlessly suppressing the imaginative sides of his children s nature.Mr Gradgrind also has a close friend, a banker and mill owner, Josiah Bounderby, who boasts that he is a self made man, proud that he raised himself in the streets after being abandoned as a child and in the meantime never letting anyone forget ...

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    Hard Times, 1854,Charles DickensHard Times For These Times commonly known as Hard Times is the tenth novel by Charles Dickens, first published in 1854 The book surveys English society and satirists the social and economic conditions of the era 2010 1364 446...

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    In current political discourse I have a particular dislike of the phrase Hard working families since it implies it is not good enough to be working, or in a family, or even merely both of those together No, only if it in addition to that you are sufficiently hard working are you good enough for your needs to be taken seriously in politics, and if you should slacken in your Stakhanovite ardour by preferring maybe to take a holiday rather than like Boxer in Animal Farm to work yourself into the glue factory, then presumably policy makers will think to Hell with you then.I feel that it was to counter such utilitarianism and the implicit acceptance of GDP ever increasing and the positive balance sheet as the meaning and purpose of life that Dickens wrote this comic melodrama and and to assert the burning importance of creating in law a form of affordable and accessible divorce, which was a matter of particular concern to Dickens once he decided that he was bored of his wife and preferred rushing about after a young actress instead.This is possibly my favourite Dickens novel, apart from or including all my other favourite Dickens novels, although it is a shade melodramatic, than others at least it does not try to jerk the tears out of you It is short, punchy an...

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    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 mind of reasoning animals upon Facts nothing else will ever be of any service to them Mr Gradgrind, Hard Times We don t need no educationWe don t need no thought control Another Brick in the Wall Part II Roger Waters, Pink Floyd Roger Waters lyrics could almost be a direct response to Mr Gradgrind s ridiculous world view.The worst thing about Hard Times is the title, very off putting You get the feeling that the book will indeed give you a hard time and should be avoided like the plague particularly if you have never read Dickens before and assume that his books are hard to read As it turned out Hard Times is one of the easiest Dickens books to follow, neither the plot or the prose is particularly convoluted It is also one of his shortest and most concise, clocking in at a measly 350 or so pages instead of 1000 like most of his novels.The major theme, as far as I can discern, is the effect of stifling upbringing and overly rigid fact based educa...

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    The novel depends on the opposition between fact, Dickens s name for the cold and loveless attitude to the life he associated with Utilitarianism, and fancy, which represents all the warmth of the imagination A contrast which gives it both tension and unity.

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