Hard Time is a social protest novel
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Dickens made his voice of protest through a literary masterpiece known as Hard Times. There are many aspects of Hard Times, and Dickens manages to capture what life was like for all of the social classes of his day through each individual character with his protests against the horrible ways in which people were treating one another in the times that truly were hard. The novel entails images of Industrial Revolution atrocities. Examples may have included one’s nine-year-old child being tied to a machine in the mill for fourteen hours a day. The few people lucky enough to be borne into the upper class grew richer to the detriment of the massive poverty stricken population. Thus, hard times painted a stark reality of the times proving to be a protest novel against the rich with no conscience.
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