Dickens and his stucture Of Hard Times
“On every page Hard Times manifests its identity as a polemical work, a critique of Mid-Victorian
industrial society dominated by materialism, acquisitiveness, and ruthlessly competitive capitalist
economics” (Lodge 86). The quotation above illustrates the basis for Hard Times.
Charles Dickens presents in his novel a specific structure to expose the evils and abuses of the
Victorian Era. Dickens’ use of plot and characterization relate directly to the structure on
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and Stephen’s death leave them as the heroine and martyr for the
novel,” (http://faculty.web.waseda.ac.jp/glaw/arts/IndRels/IndRels.html). It is now evident to the
reader that Dickens’ attempt at exposing the evils of the Victorian Era through the plot,
characterization, and structure of Hard Times was successful. Works Cited Dickens, Charles.
Hard Times. New York: Penguin Group, 1961. Lodge, David. The Rhetoric of Hard Times. New
York: Columbia University