Hard Times: Coketown

Essay by rockerchikUniversity, Bachelor'sA+, April 2005

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In " Hard Times: Coketown" Charles Dickens is assessing industrialization and the effect it had on the people in the towns in which they resided. Coketown seems to be portrayed as a city of work and not anything else. It is put across that the town consists of only fact and nothing else to alleviate the dullness. Charles Dickens is sharing his analysis on the social issues implicated in this town through a narrative that reflects upon the environment. He uses a lot of descriptions and similes to show the implications in which the society is inflicting. For example, the steam engine is constantly going up and down is "like the head of an elephant in a state of melancholy madness," (1057). He also uses metaphors like "it had a black canal," and "interminable serpents of smoke" (1057). He is portraying a point that the government in this town is not caring enough about there community so therefore he feels he needs to get the message across about how socially unacceptable this is.

As he conveys these ideas to the reader he uses representation to give an object human life. An example when he gives an object a human life structure is; "It was a town of unnatural red and black like a painted face of a savage,"(1057). By doing this he was stressing the importance of how nothing is progressing and the politicians need to take another look at the communities whole social and living structure. He makes inferences on industrialization and the effect that it has like "the river ran purple" and "it had a black canal in it" (1057) This is just showing how much out of hand the social concern of industrialization had got to and how pollution had got to a big height. "It...