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Q Using the work of Thomas Carlyle briefly discuss what he sees as a major problem in Victorian society and what solutions does he offer It is apparent from reading his essay entitled Past and Present that Thomas Carlyle saw the poor working conditions as a major problem in society He states that in no time since the beginnings of Society was the lot of those same dumb millions of toilers so entirely unbearable as it is even in the days now passing over us p 1111 In this short passage much is revealed about Carlyles opinion about the working class First of all he is sympathetic to their plight He recognized that they were overworked underpaid starving and suffering many injustices In his opinion labor needed to be organized and the workers deserved to be paid better wages He realized that this would be a daunting task but one worth undertaking in the long run The other message that Carlyle is attempting to convey involves his opinions on how these problems should be dealt with While he is concerned about the citizens predicament it seems as thought Carlyle views the commoner as incapable of doing the right thing for himself He states that true liberty were that any and every wiser man could lay hold of him when he was going wrong and order and compel him to go a little righter p 1113 He realized that the Laissez-faire approach to government was not effective in solving the problems that faced society but also felt that democracy could not work either In his opinion only a select few are born with the ability to be great leaders and everyone else is content to follow It almost appears as though Carlyle would have like the government to step in and take control of the peoples lives At one point he even states that the true liberty of
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