Now, what I want is, Facts. . . . Facts alone are wanted in
life.” from Hard Times
Like all his other novels, this again is a masterpiece by Charles
Dickens, with a delightful and witty narrative showing the inadequacy of an
approach to life that emphasizes only the human intellect at the expense of the
imagination and feelings of the heart. The hard and poor life conditions in
Englands cruel and deadly industrial cities is critisized. Charles Dickens
also aimed at attacking the failures in education and the wrong-headedness of
the educational philosophy in use. In his novel, he deals with family and
education, which are shown closely related with a critical analysis of the
effect on the growth and learning of the individual.
Dickens is definitely one of the most powerful and important English authors,
who was able to depict the working class along with all their difficulties in
such a way, that everyone had and has to refer to him first before putting ink
to paper about this very topic.