Hard Times

Hard Times: Theme Analysis

Head versus Heart Hard Times shows the inadequacy of an approach to life that emphasizes only the human intellect at the expense of the imagination and the heart. The character who most embodies the false approach is Thomas Gradgrind. Gradgrind worships facts and figures and prides himself on being very practical. He thinks that the …

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Hard Times: Metaphor Analysis

Metaphor AnalysisImagery Smoke and Elephant Coketown is always covered by clouds of smoke, an image that conveys the murky, polluted nature of this industrialized town. The phrase Dickens uses is “serpents of smoke,” a sinister image that conveys the idea that something evil hovers over Coketown. Dickens uses another sinister image to describe the pistons …

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