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by Charles Dickens

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Hard Times has many striking images. The use of agricultural images in particular lends thickness to the texture of the novel. Argue through citation of textual references.

Hard Times has many striking images. Charles Dickens uses agricultural imagery effectively to demonstrate the evils of the Industrial Revolution and the exploitation of human beings. During a period of social and economic change, the mechanization of production processes has profound consequences. Human imagination is frustrated and countered.

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Imagery in literature is quite common, and the meaning of the term varies greatly from sense perceptions by the reader to specific descriptions of objects and scenes. Figurative language, especially metaphors and similes, goes hand-in-hand with imagery, which today has become almost an essential element of literary genres and even novels.

In Hard Times, author Charles Dickens demonstrates how the texture or physical elements of prose like metaphors, similes, and imagery can be separated from the author’s overall argument so as to add depth and feel to his novel. Dickens paints pictures by the use of agricultural images to create realism, add interest to the novel, and guide readers through the deeper meanings in his work. Hard Times is divided into three books: “Sowing,” “Reaping,” and “Garnering,” all agricultural images prompting the reader to think in terms of metaphorical references to the characters and scenes in the novel. For example, the book begins with the speaker...

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