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Bounderby and the Industrial Revolution In Hard Times Charles Dickens portrays Josiah Bounderby as a stereotypical arrogant demanding successful businessman He represents a powerful down-to-earth attitude but driven by greed and with no real concept of human nature but his character isnt really a good representation of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution Im not sure why Dickens characterized him so unjustly because for the most part he did a good job in portraying the times of the Industrial Revolution Hard Times uses the typical rich get richer and poor get poorer attitude which was not necessarily the case during the time of the Revolution Dickens depicts Bounderby as unjustly living in the lap of luxury at the expense of the workers When in reality a businessman like Bounderby would have a lot at stake in the company he would typically work longer and have a lot of money invested But Bounderby is not represented like that however any successful manager must ordinarily complete many responsibilities that were not always acknowledged Bounderby is also shown as demanding and unappreciative having little sympathy for his employees They are viewed as just workers with few distinction from the machines in the factory But that callous attitude towards his workers wouldnt have been unusual among industrialists Bounderby is also feared Most of the workers are frightened of losing their job or of being labeled as a troublemaker During this time it was not uncommon for an employee to be singled out for not abiding by the rules and be made an example of Bounderby doesnt really care what the workers lives entail their families and what not so maybe what Dickens was going for was that Bounderby sacrificed his morals for success Rather than being insightful with a typical industrial noveau attitude Bounderby is avaricious and focused mainly on himself But in his defense he was dedicated and possessed a good work ethic He was
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