By Claudia Durst Johnson
The day-by-day newspaper headlines revealing deaths, health problems, and accidents within the place of work, in addition to the continuing decline of employees' rights, make this booklet a particularly well timed quantity. integrated are chapters dedicated to such commonly learn texts as difficult instances , existence within the Iron generators , Bartleby the Scrivener , The Grapes of Wrath , and a number of other others. each one bankruptcy examines the old history and plot of the paintings, the exertions and place of work matters raised via the writer, and the heritage of these matters because the textual content was once released. quite a few of the problems raised are low wages, lengthy hours, office hazards, unemployment, sexual harassment, and the fight of immigrants. each one bankruptcy presents issues for learn and dialogue, and cites works for additional studying. the amount closes with a specific, normal bibliography.
The quantity discusses such matters as low wages, lengthy hours, office hazards, unemployment, sexual harassment, loss of task safeguard or treatment, and the fight of immigrants. each one bankruptcy closes with themes for examine and dialogue, in addition to a listing of works for extra analyzing. An introductory essay examines the implications of the commercial revolution and the commercial philosophies vital to society. the quantity closes with a particular, basic bibliography. scholars in literature and social stories sessions will worth this beneficial guide.
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Having heard this rumor, Bounderby sends for him, expecting him to 24 LABOR AND WORKPLACE ISSUES IN LITERATURE inform on the workers involved in the protest. When Stephen refuses and, moreover, expresses his sympathy for the workers, Bounderby fires him. Louisa, who is present during the conversation, calls on Stephen (with her brother, Tom) that evening to give him money. Tom draws him aside to instruct him to go outside the bank for several evenings to await the promise of a job, thus setting Stephen up as a thief for the robbery that Tom intends to commit.
They CHARLES DICKENS’S HARD TIMES 33 emerge from the factory and go to their grim quarters, where they collapse from weariness. The author warns the community: Cultivate in them, while there is yet time, the utmost graces of the fancies and affections, to adorn their lives so much in need of ornament; or, in the day of your triumph, when romance is utterly driven out of their souls, and they and a bare existence stand face to face, Reality will take a wolfish turn, and make an end of you! (125) But although fancy, beauty, art, and cheerfulness might be essential to fulfilling a worker’s life, the ability of these attributes to solve the problems of hunger and overwork created by the Industrial Revolution are highly questionable.
Our feet and legs, from standing in the salt water for so many hours, soon became full of dreadful boils, which eat down in some cases to the very bone, afflicting the sufferers with great torment. (Gates 198) As they pushed heavy wheelbarrows, sand was ground into the salt sores on their feet, and as they dived for large stones, they were in danger of drowning. Although Mary did not seem to make the connection, it is obvious that her 10 years’ work in the salt pond left her with what she called rheumatism but was likely a severe form of arthritis.
Labor and Workplace Issues in Literature by Claudia Durst Johnson