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Hard times Essay The Novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens was by far the most enjoyable piece of historical reading that I have done in high school There were so many themes and ironies under the words that you had to search for making it an incredibly enjoyable read Although it may seem impossible this novel is both romantic and realist First of all the novel is automatically romantic because it is a novel which was a product of the romantics in the first place Through this novel we see the romanticism of the ugliness of a manmade world devoid of Gods works The few romanticized characters in the novel are made obvious because they are striving toward something and even if their goal is unknown the characters each have something else to live for Also there is a realist side to the novel- realist not necessarily as in the opinion of the author but as in a point the author is trying to get across Dickens shows us an imaginary world without ideals no appeal to the imagination and strict adherence to fact alone In other words if you cant touch it or prove it it doesnt exist In the novel we find a grim view of the world with many characters having realist outlooks devoid of lightheartedness with every man for himself It seems that although Dickens is writing from a romantic prospective he is trying to get across the point of the fallacy of realism However to the open-minded reader the Truth found in romanticism comes out on top Probably the two furthest poles of character in the novel are those of Josiah Bounderby and Stephen Blackpool Although the two characters lives are very different they seem strangely perpendicular Josiah Bounderby thinks he is solely correct in his ideals but is ignorant about those of others Bounderby is a very self-righteous man obsessed with talking of how he was born in
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