I had idyllic intentions. I wanted to let the city fill my soul—breakfast and a newspaper in a cafe, a leisurely browse through an antique store, a great book on the most comfortable bench in a city park. The day was mine to seize. Point is, the day was mine to seize or waste.
Symbolism Charles Dickens type of work: Victorian novel; realist novel; satire; dystopia language: English time and place written: The anonymous narrator serves as a moral authority. By making moral judgments about the characters, the narrator shapes our interpretations of the novel.
The narrator speaks in the third person and has a limited omniscience. He knows what is going on in all places and at all times, but he sometimes speculates about what the characters might be feeling and thinking, suggesting, at those times, that he does not actually know.
When describing Stephen and Rachael, his tone is pathetic, evoking sympathy. The narrative is presented in the past tense; however, at the end, the narrator reveals what the future will bring to each of the main characters.
The middle of the nineteenth century setting place: Coketown, a manufacturing town in the south of England protagonist: Louisa Gradgrind major conflict: Louisa Gradgrind struggles to reconcile the fact-driven self-interest of her upbringing with the warmth of feeling that she witnesses both in Sissy Jupe and developing within herself.
As this attitude changes, Louisa is caught between allegiances to her family and loveless marriage and her desire to transcend the emotional and personal detachment of her past. Sissy joins the Gradgrind household, and Louisa marries Mr.
The mechanization of human beings; the opposition between fact and fancy; the importance of femininity motifs: Staircase; pegasus; fire; smoke serpents foreshadowing: The three months he spent apart from his family were highly traumatic for Dickens, and his job was miserable—he considered himself too good for it, earning the contempt of the other children.
After his father was released from prison, Dickens returned to school. He tried his hand professionally as a law clerk and then a court reporter before becoming a novelist. At about this time, he fell in love with Mary Beadnell, the daughter of a banker.
Several years later, Dickens married Catherine Hogarth. Although they had ten children, Dickens was never completely happy in this marriage, and he and Catherine eventually separated. Though the young blacking factory employee had considered himself too good for his job, the older novelist retained a deep interest in and concern for the plight of the poor, particularly poor children.
The Victorian England in which Dickens lived was fraught with massive economic turmoil, as the Industrial Revolution sent shockwaves through the established order. The disparity between the rich and poor, or he middle and working classes, grew even greater as factory owners exploited their employees in order to increase their own profits.
Because they lacked education and job skills, these workers had few options for improving their terrible living and working conditions. With the empathy he gained through his own experience of poverty, Dickens became involved with a number of organizations that worked to alleviate the horrible living conditions of the London poor.
For instance, he was a speaker for the Metropolitan Sanitary Organization, and, with his wealthy friend Angela Burdett-Coutts, he organized projects to clear up the slums and build clean, safe, cheap housing for the poor.
In all of his novels — those that appeared as serials in newspapers or magazines and those that were first printed as whole books — Dickens reveals his keen observation, his great understanding of human nature, and his varied techniques of style.Essay on Charles Dickens’s Hard Times, in The New York Review of Books, 48 (12), July 19, Introduction to the new edition of Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, New York: Modern Library, Introduction to the new edition of The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair, New York: Modern Library, Of all the complications of living in New York City, you might not imagine wild turkeys making the list.
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