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The book Hard Times written by Charles Dickens is a story about a Lancashire Mill Town in the 1840s The novel is divided into three books Dickens titles the books accordingly to prepare the reader for what is about to come and throughout the novel he shows the effects of the education system the setup of the caste system and the Industrial Revolution had on society through this small town of Coketown The main characters of the novel show the English caste system of the 19th century by showing how one influences the other and the amount of power the bourgeois now have in society They own the factories Therefore they have the money and because of the changes coming from the revolution have some power in society The titles of the three books Sowing Reaping and Garnering shows significance in the way Dickens is trying to help the reader get an understanding of what is to come Dickens shows the way the working classes are fighting for a say in the way they are treated at work by forming unions and how a bad negotiator can ruin things He shows from the start that the education system is based on fact and not fancy The breakdown of the fact based education is shown when Gradgrind himself asked a question that is not fact based In the end the whole system of education is reversed and the fancy is fanciedThe novel can be summarized as a book about two struggles One struggle is between fact and imagination and the other is the struggle between two classes Thomas Gradgrind the father of Louisa Tom and June not only stresses facts in the classroom in which he teaches but also at home to his family He has brought up his children to know only the facts Everything is black and white right or wrong with nothing in between Gradgrind does not like the idea of going to
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