Life in the Iron Mills Questions and Answers
by Rebecca Harding Davis

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What is Davis' solution to the problem structuring Life in the Iron Mills?

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Rebecca Harding Davis' novella "Life in the Iron Mills" presents a moral dilemma plaguing a working class family. Through detailed descriptions of both factory and home life for proletarian characters, Davis, like Friedrich Engels, highlights the distress and hardships that industrial capitalism puts on the working class. As a solution to these ills, Davis implies that money needs to be more equitably distributed among people of all classes. In a moment of free indirect discourse, the protagonist Hugh thinks about whether or not he should keep money that his wife Deborah stole from...

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