Mary Barton: Alice Wilson and the Luddites The ensuing paper looks at Alice Wilson – a pivotal character in the Elizabeth Gaskell novel, Mary Barton – and at the Luddites and explores each in terms of their analysis of the problems of the industrial revolution and their ideas for solution to the problems vexing the phenomenon. As we pore over the matter, we find that Alice Wilson is a woman who appreciates, even if not distinctly, the privations and inequalities foisted upon her and others by the new technology and mechanization of the industrial revolution: she understands, on some level, that a new capitalist order has been created that privileges some and overworks others. However, she does not rail against the technology but, rather,...The end:
.....low the machine to exert such control over human lives. When all is said and done, neither one has the ideal or proactive approach to dealing with the situation. The evasion of the one party is problematic because no effort is made to arrest the situation before it grows worse. The explosive anger of the other party is problematic because it punishes the machines and not the ideas and memes that allow people to be made wage-earning slaves. Again, both are limited in their understanding of what needs to be done. Works Cited Gaskell, Elizabeth. Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life. London: 1849. Ryder, Martin. “ Luddism .” University of Colorado at Denver. n.d . Web. 12 May. 2011. <http://carbon.ucdenver.edu/~mryder/itc/luddite.html>.