Hard knock life.
In Victorian England, the times were awful even too much to imagine. Everything was work and getting mistreated. No one got treated with respect and even had a break to get away from the misery of working all day even with the kids due to the fact of the home conditions also. Just imagine leaving work each night then going back to the same hurt and misery you were handling all day. The home conditions were crammed and full and not even 2 bedrooms in a house. The children worked just as hard as the mother.
The health was just as bad. If one get it, maybe all would get it. Even prison wasn't right. Charles Dickens just wanted change for the better and wanted things to be equal and respect for one another. As you can tell in Hard Times he stated “Do the wise thing and the kind thing too, and make the best of us and not the worst.” meaning dont make others miserable when you have the ability to do right by others.
Also from stating in his other story "Oliver Twist", "It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded." Charles Dickens wanted equal and a better lifestyle for everyone. He wanted change. The Victorian England lifestyle were being treated unequal and needed change for the better. I respect Charles Dickens persuasiveness to help one another.