This is not just a story about the injustices and inequalities between rich and poor. True, the book does discuss these points, but Dickens also admirably portrays family relationships and how they can effect us in our future lives. Mr Gradgrind (schoolteacher who believes only in fact) gives his daughter, Louisa, to a loveless marriage with the proud factory owner of an industrial town. Being educated solely in fact, and discouraged from dreaming or fantasizing, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper into a well of sadness. It is only after trial that she is able to confront her father and together they are able to resolve her sadness. Without giving too much of the story away, many other relationship difficulties are brought up: brother and sister, parents, a jealous spinster, and a mother and son. For some these may not be the obvious points in the book, but if you search beyond the bleakness of the unjust victorian industry, they shine above all. In my opinion, this book (much like the others) shows Dickens's great ability at understanding human nature and writing stories around this, often in a humorous way, to make us see how we can improve ourselves within our families and make the choices that we really want.