What would you have done if you were Louisa in Hard Times? What would you have done if you were Louisa? Would you have run away with Mr. Harthouse? Would you have told Mr....

What would you have done if you were Louisa in Hard Times?

What would you have done if you were Louisa? Would you have run away with Mr. Harthouse? Would you have told Mr. Bounderby? Or would you have done something else entirely? Explain your answer carefully.

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I probably would have left. I can understand why she did what she did. It was a difficult choice to make. She felt trapped, like she had no options. She was a victim of circumstances. That's Dickens's warning. I agree with poster 2 that she is also too immature to understand the consequences of running away. Despite her noncombatant personality, she also is "ruined" by Gradgrind and Bounderby's absurd education. Dickens knew that would resonate with Victorians more than anything!

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