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Character Study of Stephen Blackpool From the Novel Hard Times.

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CHARACTER STUDY OF STEPHENBLACKPOOL FROM THE NOVEL HARD TIMES Dear colleges, to sum up Mr Blackpool in two words with all seriousness, is to say that he is a "tragedy" and a "born loser". From the many experiences Stephen Blackpool undergoes, I only make mention of the following: he is stuck in an unfortunate marriage, he is a failure at work, he is bad judge and he dies after falling into a mine. Dickens introduces Blackpool into the novel in the tenth chapter. He is one of those thousands of workers living in Coketown. Though only forty years old he is, as Dickens says, already an old man. He is seen outside waiting outside the works for his friend, Rachael, he likes to walk her home despite the gossiping neighbors, after which he makes his way to his lodgings. When he arrives there, he is surprised by the presence of his wife "a disabled, drunken creature who constantly leaves him and is unfaithful to him. This former latter introduced sub-plot of the relationship between Rachael and Stephen can be a device used by Dickens in order to add interest to the novel. ...read more.

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Blackpool is not bullied into volunteering opinions about the union; on the contrary, he firmly defends the sincerity of most of its members. Stephen does not, in fact, address his remarks to Bounderby but to Louisa, in whose face he seems to find some sympathy. This link between Louisa from one strand of the story and Stephen from another is what we call, my dear colleagues a plotting device. For it is through that link that Tom can become connected with Blackpool and thus carry his own plans forward! During this meeting, Bounderby asks him to explain what the workers have to complain about. Stephen points out that there seems no purpose in their lives. They are born to work in terrible conditions, and then just to die. They are not encouraged to have any hopes or aspirations. In anger, Bounderby says he will crush any threat of rebellion by transporting Slackbridge and his kind as convicts. Blackpool replies that this kind of action will not solve the underlying problems. He insists that both parties must be prepared to meet, to compromise and thus reach agreement. They must not maintain their extreme, opposing positions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Until Chapter four of Book The Third, Tom's plan is operating smoothly and Bounderby is thinking that Stephen does the robbery. So by now, my colleges Blackpool experiences injustice and industrialization, which are two themes strongly highlighted by the novel. In the next chapter, which is five Blackpool's whereabouts are still not known Rachael fears he may have been murdered. Sissy suggests that he may have fallen ill on his way back, but Rachel says all possibilities have been exhausted. Colleagues, Blackpool is used here as literary device i.e. to create suspense in the reader as what is the fate of Stephen Blackpool now. In the following chapter Sissy and Rachael go for a walk seven miles away from Coketown. They are in a green countryside, which is filled with mines, and it is indeed one of these pits into which Blackpool has fallen. Sissy finds his hat lying on the ground. This causes a search party to find Stephen and once he is found he has a chance to speak to Rachael, Louisa and Thomas Grandgrind. He still insists that it is "aw a muddle", but that he has become resigned to that. He asks Grandgrind to clear his name about the robbery, and , holding Rachael's hand, he dies. ...read more.

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