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Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens

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Drama, Satire

Perspective and Narrator

Hard Times is told in the third person by an omniscient narrator who occasionally inserts a comment, sarcastic remark, or opinion on the characters or the action, giving readers a sense of the narrator's familiarity with the characters and events. This narrative point of view also contrasts with the characters who, for the most part, are detached from their feelings, thoughts, and emotions and unable to communicate effectively.


Hard Times is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The title Hard Times or the full title Hard Times for These Times refers to the difficulties of life caused by industrialization in England in the 19th century and by the constraints of rigid, fact-based education that arose along with it in the attempt to increase profits and control life and thought.


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