Freedom of the Heart in Dickens' 'Hard Times' Book Review by kirst

Freedom of the Heart in Dickens' 'Hard Times'
An analytical essay that discusses the faulty nature of a seemingly perfect society in Dickens' novel 'Hard Times'.
# 2179 | 2,150 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 16, 2003 in Literature (English)

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This paper analyzes the themes of courage, natural goodness, bravery and strength in Charles Dickens' novel, "Hard Times". The author discusses the applicability of these themes and their relevance.

From the Paper:

"Dickens confronts mid- nineteenth century views of workers in industrial England. In Hard Times, certain members of the working class are highlighted as complex, noble and sentimental individuals. The workers struggle to survive against the repressing forces of industrial society obsessed with statistics and fact. Dickens characterizes the working class in order to reveal the abuses of a system obsessed with profit. In his depiction of the lower class, a collection of social disgraces surface. Both Stephen Blackpool and Cecilia Jupe are affected negatively by the system. Stephen Blackpool remains a victim of the unjust society, yet proves that there is hope within the crowd of workers. Cecilia Jupe is also a victim, yet maintains happiness regardless of her inability to assimilate. Cecilia and Stephen are hurt by notions and prejudice of the working class, yet exert the most admirable qualities of the "heart" in Dickens Hard Times."

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