Hard Times
Hard Times
by Charles Dickens

Hard Times Learning Guide: Table of Contents

Introduction
Analysis
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
Fairy Palaces and Elephants (a.k.a. Factories and the Machinery inside them)
Fire, Sparks, and Ashes
Turtle Soup, Venison, and a Gold Spoon
Mrs. Sparsit's Staircase
Old Hell Shaft
Setting
Narrator Point of View
Genre
Tone
Writing Style
What's Up With the Title?
What's Up With the Ending?
Tough-o-Meter
Plot Analysis
Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis: Rebirth
Three Act Plot Analysis
Trivia
Steaminess Rating
Allusions
Brief Summary
Book 1, Chapter 1
Book 1, Chapter 2
Book 1, Chapter 3
Book 1, Chapter 4
Book 1, Chapter 5
Book 1, Chapter 6
Book 1, Chapter 7
Book 1, Chapter 8
Book 1, Chapter 9
Book 1, Chapter 10
Book 1, Chapter 11
Book 1, Chapter 12
Book 1, Chapter 13
Book 1, Chapter 14
Book 1, Chapter 15
Book 1, Chapter 16
Book 2, Chapter 1
Book 2, Chapter 2
Book 2, Chapter 3
Book 2, Chapter 4
Book 2, Chapter 5
Book 2, Chapter 6
Book 2, Chapter 7
Book 2, Chapter 8
Book 2, Chapter 9
Book 2, Chapter 10
Book 2, Chapter 11
Book 2, Chapter 12
Book 3, Chapter 1
Book 3, Chapter 2
Book 3, Chapter 3
Book 3, Chapter 4
Book 3, Chapter 5
Book 3, Chapter 6
Book 3, Chapter 7
Book 3, Chapter 8
Book 3, Chapter 9
Characters
Louisa Gradgrind
Louisa Gradgrind Timeline
Stephen Blackpool
Stephen Blackpool Timeline
Thomas Gradgrind
Thomas Gradgrind Timeline
Josiah Bounderby
Josiah Bounderby Timeline
Tom Gradgrind
Tom Gradgrind Timeline
Sissy Jupe
Sissy Jupe Timeline
Rachael
James Harthouse
Mrs. Sparsit
Bitzer
Mrs. Blackpool
Mrs. Pegler
Mrs. Gradgrind
Slackbridge
Character Roles (Protagonist, Antagonist...)
Protagonist
Antagonist
GuideMentor
Foil
Muse
Romantic
Tools of Characterization
Themes
Quotes
Philosophical Viewpoints: Utilitarianism and Classical Economics
Philosophical Viewpoints: Utilitarianism and Classical Economics Quotes
Philosophical Viewpoints: Creativity and the Imagination
Philosophical Viewpoints: Creativity and the Imagination Quotes
Education
Education Quotes
Wealth
Wealth Quotes
Power
Power Quotes
Women and Femininity
Women and Femininity Quotes
Family
Family Quotes
Love
Love Quotes
Marriage
Marriage Quotes
Morality and Ethics
Morality and Ethics Quotes
Best of the Web
Module Quizzes
Module Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said)
Quotes (What was Said) Flashcards
Quotes (What was Said) True or False
Themes (For the Most Part)
Themes (For the Most Part) Flashcards
Themes (For the Most Part) True or False
Symbols
Symbols Flashcards
Symbols True or False
Good Thing We’re So Much More Economically Stable Nowadays
Good Thing We’re So Much More Economically Stable Nowadays Flashcards
Good Thing We’re So Much More Economically Stable Nowadays True or False
Harder Times
Harder Times Flashcards
Harder Times True or False
Study Questions
Essay