Inside and Out

'The difference between existing and living lies in the use of leisure time.' [Saying]

Industrialisation brings about technical advancement, but it also dissolves the traditional family structure. Life shifts in the 19th century in many ways from inside to outside and this shift is felt more dramatically by the working class than for the middleclass. A labourer must work far from home in a factory or an office. While the women in the middle class stay at home and take care of household responsibilities, all those in the working class – men, women and children alike – must go to work. At home, there is hardly any privacy or joint leisure time. To improve their financial situation, many workers often take in lodgers, while their own children are cared for elsewhere. After all is said and done, though, the life of a commoner remains the ideal for many families in the working class whost rive continually for a better lifestyle.