Is Dickens successful in realistically presenting the problems of industrial society in Hard Times?

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Hard Times, written in 1854, realistically portrays the problems that the Industrial Revolution brought to England. By the mid-1800s, England had already largely industrialized, and Dickens's fictional town of Coketown in Hard Times is the site of labor unrest. His novel depicts the plight of the working class. Like the other "Hands," or industrial workers in the novel, Dickens's character Stephen Blackpool works in Bounderby's factory in a state of poverty and degradation. Unlike the other workers, however, he refuses to join a union, thinking it will only worsen the unrest between labor and industrialists. 

Dickens's novel not only shows the tensions between labor and capitalists and the plight of the working class that characterized...

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