Tom flees, and Louisa and Gradgrind realize that he is the bank robber, and that the only hope is to smuggle him out of the country. Sparsit is aware of their intent. The Gradgrinds, all of them victims of an education of facts, continue to live unhappily, unable to see the human side of life.
And that he has been really creepily waiting to marry her? Tom, meanwhile, is getting into his own trouble with being a lazy bank clerk, gambling, staying out till all hours, and generally behaving like a jerk to his sister. Suspicion naturally falls on Stephen, who seemingly was casing the joint before he left.
A search for Blackpool and Mrs. Bounderby seems content to wait; he says that the culprits will turn up sooner or later. He is fished out, pleads his innocence about the robbery, and dies.
Bounderby is furious, for his mother disproves his boasts about being a self-made man.
It is an analysis and a condemnation of the ethos of industrialism. In the factory, all the workers are being organized into a union. Louisa and Tom grow up well, not really — she is nineteen and he is seventeen, but everything happened faster back in the day, especially for robot-children.
So, the other workers decide to ignore and ostracize him. Years pass, and Louisa and young Tom have matured. Blackpool, who had been mistreated by Bounderby, had been seen loitering in front of the bank shortly before it was robbed, in the company of an old woman known as Mrs.
She tells him she might be in love with Harthouse, confesses that she almost had an affair, and then faints. Sparsit, who learns of the proposed elopement and tells Bounderby. Sparsit is released by Bounderby for her meddle-someness. She is a natural, happy, not particularly robotic girl, and his system does not seem to make too much of a dent in her good nature.
Louisa remains unmarried and childless which is a pretty severe punishment back in those days. He believes that the world has no place for fancy or imagination. After all, Bitzer has learned only to advance his own self-interest, which at this point indicates that he should capture Tom to get the probable reward.
As Stephen finds out from Bounderby, to get a divorce he would need to pay for Parliament to pass a law letting him do it. After his rescue, he tells them that Tom Gradgrind is the real culprit.
His own five children are models of a factual education. But Bounderby is all like, "Actually, no, because you pretty much sold her to me, remember? Gradgrind lives to old age and tries to undo the damage he did to his children.
But it means that Louisa would no longer be financially supported by Bounderby, but would still have to be married to him legally. Neither realizes, however, that Mrs.
Bounderby himself dies unhappily in a fit a few years later. Josiah Bounderby, discuss possible means by which the children might have been misled from the study of facts. He sends out from London an aspiring young politician, James Harthouse, who is to gather facts about the industrial city of Coketown, facts that are to be used in a survey of economic and social life in Britain.
The idea for his yet-unwritten novel "laid hold of me by the throat in a very violent manner," Dickens wrote, and he vowed, in writing Hard Times, "to strike the heaviest blow in my power" for the English industrial worker.
At the same time, Sissy Jupe and Rachael are worried about Stephen and try to find him. Bounderby dies a few years later, and the Gradgrinds, bereft of all that makes life meaningful and pleasant, face long lives of boredom and misery. Taking a walk across the countryside they stumble on him literally lying almost dead in a huge well dug by some factory owner and not marked in any way.
Plot and Major Characters A schoolmaster at a utilitarian private school in industrial Coketown, Thomas Gradgrind insists that his students learn empirical facts alone; humor, music, and imagination are banished from his classroom and from the lives of his children.
Yes, sorry, no happy ending for the only decent guy in the whole book. The situation is complicated by Mrs.Yes, sorry, no happy ending for the only decent guy in the whole book.
Tom flees, and Louisa and Gradgrind realize that he is the bank robber, and that the only hope is to smuggle him out of the country. In Hard Times, Thomas Gradgrind raises his kids Tom and Louisa to learn facts and only facts. Consequently, Louisa marries a man she doesn't love, and Tom robs the bank he works at.
The entire. May 31, · Charles Dickens Hard Times for These Times. The following entry presents criticism of Dickens's novel Hard Times (). See also Charles Dickens Short Story Criticism, A Christmas Carol Criticism, A Tale of Two Cities Criticism, Little Dorrit Criticism, and Our Mutual Friend Criticism.
I suspect that Charles Dickens was in a pretty foul mood when he wrote “Hard Times” in He draws stark differences between the “good” people and the “bad” people in this story, and assigns bleak fates to nearly all of them.
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Video: Hard Times by Charles Dickens: Summary & Analysis First published inDickens's ''Hard Times'' centers on the Gradgrind family. The members of this family--as well as others inhabiting fictional Coketown--shift their philosophies and romantic entanglement as the plot unfolds.Download