Hard Times – Charles Dickens


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In ‘Hard Times,’ Dickens illustrates the condition of England through the fictional city of Coketown. Among its inhabitants are Thomas Gradgrind, the utilitarian headmaster who attempts to impose his rigid worldview on his family circle, and the uncaring businessman Mr Bounderby. Their materialist philosophies, as tested throughout the novel, which also explores workers’ conditions, trade unions and the spurious use of statistics.