What's the significance of the title Hard Times?

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The title of Hard Times is significant because it shows exactly that: that the majority of the people in England, particularly those in the working classes, really were having a hard time. Take Gradgrind, for example, the businessman and superintendent who believes that the pursuit of profit is the most important thing in life. Through his character, Dickens demonstrates that life for many children was made miserable due to a lack of creative and emotional opportunities.

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