The Revolution Of The Industrial Revolution

917 WordsFeb 25, 20164 Pages
When thinking of the industrial revolution, I usually correlate this transitional period to great advancements in machinery, and an increase in jobs. However, after looking past the surface of the industrial revolution, in regards to the promise of great wealth, this promise was not kept, along with other issues. I believe that a “better life” would mean that people would not have to go through the same struggles they once did before the revolution, struggles such as not having a job, money, home, etc. In addition, a better life would have to be permanent for it to truly make a difference. Unfortunately, the industrial revolution did not do as much good as people perceived it to have done. Essentially, a revolution is a changing in social order, and although this did happen, the people effected who were a part of it were given almost the exact opposite of what they expected. This essay will explore the conditions workers endured during the revolution, and discuss whether the revolution gave a better life, or a worse one. The “Rules of a Factory in Berlin” depicts just that. However, these rules were, in some cases, much stricter and excessive than what I would usually consider normal rules for such a work environment. For example, one rule states “All conversation with fellow-workers is prohibited” (p.313). In addition to not speaking while working, almost each rule if disobeyed will be fined. “Workers arriving 2 minutes late shall lose half an hour’s wage” (p.312),

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