Post your Hard Times information here

If you didn’t have a chance to present your material in class today, you can post the information in the comments.  Those who presented don’t have to add the information here.

If you’d rather use your information as your blog post for this week, post it to your blog and in the comments here on this blog direct us to your blog post on the subject.

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2 thoughts on “Post your Hard Times information here

  1. Group 9
    Amanda Griffitt
    Dorie Webb
    Sarah Murphy

    We believe “Chapter X: Mrs. Sparsit’s staircase” has important themes, characters, and image patterns. The image of the “mighty Staircase”, which Mrs. Sparsit “erected in her mind, with a dark pit of shame and ruin at the bottom,” serves as a metaphor for the upward and downward mobility of social standing (201). Mrs. Sparsit envisions Louisa, though endangered of falling downward towards her, as an angel at the top of the staircase. She places Louisa at the top, in the spot of the “ideal woman” who may easily become the “fallen woman.” Louisa is described as “always gliding down, down, down!” (204). By using diction such as gliding, Louisa is portrayed as the “angel”. What happens when the “ideal woman” or “angel of the house” moves downward? We believe Dickens’ uses the staircase as a metaphor regarding gender performance and social class during a confusing time when Industry changed the way society perceived expected roles of woman.

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