How may one apply a pattern of "retributive justice" to the principal characters in Hard Times?

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One way in which this could be achieved would be to look at the way in which characters seem to get what they deserve or what they have always wanted, with often tragic consequences. This is particularly the case with Thomas Gradgrind, who after spending so long making sure that his two children receive an education that is based on facts alone and no fancy or imagination, suddenly has to face the fact that he has been...

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