Hard Times

how is the bank robbery in dicken's hard times central to the development of the plot and the theme of the novel??

in this question you have to basically give proves that the bank robbery affected the plot and theme of the novel.

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Stephen Blackpool, as his name suggests, is a martyr for the working class. He has been framed by Tom Gradgrind to take the fall for the bank robbery. Stephen has alread been labeled a troublemaker by Bounderby because of his request for information about how he could divorce his alcoholic wife in order to pursue happiness in a relationship with Rachael. Bounderby tells Stephen that he sees "traces of turtle soup, venison and gold spoon" in his request. Dickens emphasizes the unfair treatment of the working class as the novel progresses. When Slackbridge begins to organize a labor union, Bounderby suspects that Stephen is involved because the working class wants turtle soup, venison and a gold spoon. Stephen loses his job and is forced to leave town when suspicion is cast on him for the bank robbery. Eventually Stephen the martyr loses his life in an attempt clear his name.