Dickens and His Structure of Ha

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Dickens and his structure Of Hard Times "On every page Hard Times manifests its identity as a polemical work, a critique of Mid-Victorian industrial society dominated by materialism, acquisitiveness, and ruthlessly competitive capitalist economics" (Lodge 86). The quotation above illustrates the basis for Hard Times. Charles Dickens presents in his novel a specific structure to expose the evils and abuses of the Victorian Era. Dickens' use of plot and characterization relate directly to the structure on account that it shows his view of the mistreatments and evils of the Victorian Era, along with his effort to expose them through literary methods. A befitting display of structure is evident through his giving name to…show more content…
Mrs. Sparsit now resides over the bank after being relieved of her job. The events taking place in book two are a "reaping" of the initial seeds "sown." Dickens use of structure is preparing the reader for the "garnering" in book three. Book three, titled "Garnering," is where all of the Utilitarian ideas, that Dickens scorns, begin to fall apart and fade away. Thomas Gradgrind Sr. is made aware of his misteachings through Louisa's confession as she collapses at her father's feet declaring, "All that I know is, your philosophies and your teaching will not save me,"(Dickens 218). Bounderby is brought down through his losing Louisa and the disclosure of Mrs. Pegler by Mrs. Sparsit. Sissy and Stephen remain to be the moral component of Dickens' work. Sissy's hold on imagination is proven a necessity of life and is what the products of the utilitarian education seem to lack. Stephen's portrayal of a virtuous man of the working class is used to show Dickens' idea of a tangible necessity in life. The voice of social conscience Dickens uses throughout his novel is the structure he wanted to provide, and is shown obvious through Dickens' use of the plot. The downfall of the educational system in Gradgrind and the exposure of Bounderby displays the utilitarian convictions destructed. "Sissy's endurance and Stephen's death leave them as the heroine and martyr for the novel,"
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