What Price Progress?  Essay:  Economic Change and Consequences. Chapter 28 of our class text has four short reading selections from Charles Dickens, known for his literary realism in the mid-1800s, when many struggled trying to adapt to unrelenting economic changes. The readings are Old Curiosity Shop (p.944);  Sketches by Boz (p. 947); Dombey and Son  (p.951), and Hard Times (pp.952). Select just one of these readings. Then write an essay that includes the following:

Summarize the main ideas in the selection you chose, including the thesis or main point, and five important details.

Considering descriptions in our class text and other sources, explain conditions in London at this time, including housing, labor, and family life. 

Define literary realism and show how Dickens uses the technique in this selection.  Identify Dickens’ reasons for wanting changes for the struggling poor in London.

Describe two lessons you learn from this inquiry about the problems and responsibilities and skills needed in facing today’s unrelenting economic changes.

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