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How did Charles Dickens's life affect they way he wrote Hard Times? Provide some examples from the text please.

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Author Charles Dickens (1812-1870) was born in Landport, England and was raised with very little formal education but loved to read adventure novels as a young man. Despite his upbringing, he became Britain’s greatest novelist due to his sharp wit, ambition, and innate sense of responsibility.

Dickens grew to be a social protest novelist largely because of his difficult background. His father was imprisoned under English law for failure to pay debts. As a result, Charles and his entire family also ended up in debtors’ prison. By the time he was twelve, he was already working hard in a shoe polish factory and grew to hate poverty. He developed sympathy for underprivileged citizens in England and his professional career focused on the plight of the needy and mistreated in society.

Hard Times was an early Dickens novel portraying the evils of the Industrial Revolution and the exploitation of factory workers. Although the author stood against violence and unnecessary labor strikes, he...

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