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Representation of Industrialisation in Dickens Hard times Charles Dickens uses his fictitious town in Hard Times to represent the industrialization of England at that time or close to it Most of this representation however isnt accurately described compared the way things really were during industrialization It is important to remember throughout this paper that not only is Hard Times a work of fiction it was meant to be a satire a parody of ideas and ways of thinking at the time In most respects it wasnt meant to accurately describe the way things were Dickens covers up his parody with a realistic and extremely accurate depiction of the typical industrial town Coketown is described to be the very picture of conformity with all the buildings looking like one another It was a town of red brick or of brick that would have been red if the smoke and ashes had allowed it but as matters stood it was a town of unnatural red and black like the painted face of a savage It also isnt just the factories that look this way the bank and even Bounderbys house look just like the rest of them The Bank offered no violence to the wholesome monotony of the town It was another red brick house with black outside shutters green inside blinds a black street-door up two white steps a brazen door-plate and a brazen door-handle full stop There is also the recurring image of the massive amount of smoke from all the factories It as a town of machinery and tall chimneys out of which interminable serpents of smoke trailed themselves forever and ever and never got uncoiled The Fairy Palaces burst into illumination before pale morning showed the monstrous serpents of smoke trailing themselves over Coketown According to Marcus Dickens may have used the existing town of Manchester as a model for the future Coketown On November 6 1838 Charles Dickens made his first
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