Smoke or no Smoke? Questions of Perspective in North and SouthNorth and South is a novel based on industrial revolution is written by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell , a British novel writer of Victorian era, whose novels portrayed the poor. The novel opens up when Mr. Hale along with his wife and Daughter Miss Margaret Hale The protagonist arriving to settle at his hometown Milton, where he owns a property. Milton is heavily influenced by the industrial revolution, became bustling, smoky town with poverty all around. John Thornton, a cotton mill owner and a former student of Mr. Hale, falls in love with Margaret, however she only admires his abilities to come up in his life.
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Questions of P Such narratives tend to be set in an improbable locale, the grimy manufacturing town with its foul air and thick smog. When the northern manufacturing centre is set against the rural south of the title, the polarity is not as sharp as might be expected. If the factory town is smoke-blackened and polluted by disease—bearing air and water, material progress is shown in a largely positive light, as the novelist can be felt striving for balance—a consequence of the hostile reception of Mary Barton by a number of industrialists. For all its smoke and grime, the bustling factory town compares not unfavourably with the backwardness of rural England, the idle drawing-room life of London or torpid Oxford academia.