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Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Cruel Intentions in Hard Times by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wrote Hard Times as an attempt to show the injustices of life for many different people and to explain that in order to be happy, people need one another. Through the epiphanies of many characters in this novel, Dickens shows their realization of this fact and how they plan to pursue their goals from there on. These characters are used as mouthpieces to spread the theme to the reader. Louisa Gradgrind, Stephen Blackpool, and Tom Gradgrind are such characters....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Hard Times] 2047 words
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Characterization in Dickens' Hard Times - Characterization in Dickens' Hard Times A firm character basis is the foundation upon which any good novel is built. For an allegorical novel, Dickens' has a surprisingly complex character foundation. The characters in Hard Times have both the simplistic characteristics of a character developed for allegorical purposes, as well as the intricate qualities of "real" people. These characters think and feel like we do and react to their situations in the same way that most of us would. These attributes are what give the characters life and allow us to relate to their decisions....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Charles Dickens's Hard Times is one of the most important novels in the Victorian Age. He presents an industrial society in nineteenth century in England. In this age, England prospers in manufacture and trade because of high technologies. It is also a time of trouble. Industrial development causes terrible conditions of a working class. The workers are poor and work hard. Women and children work for many hours. Dickens also presents bad social condition through his work and also shows lives of city people and industrial society in Coketown in England....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 3121 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times The book "Hard Times" was written in 1854. It was written in weekly instalments in a magazine called Household Words. This is like a normal soap but was weekly. The magazine was owned by Charles Dickens as he was a journalist. The book was written at the time of the Industrial Revolution. This was when factories were being built near major towns and cities such as Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. The Industrial Revolution was a time when there were big improvements in transport as there was vast expansion in the production of iron....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 2080 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times critiques the use of extreme utilitarianism as an acceptable means to governing a society in which citizens are able to lead happy, productive, flourishing lives. “Just the facts,”19th century English utilitarianism argued, are all one needs to flourish. Those answers that we can arrive at by way of mathematical, logical reasoning are all needed to live a full human life. Hard Times shows however that a “just the facts” philosophy creates a community inhospitable to the needs of one another, a society nearly void of human compassion, and one lacking in morality....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times The death of God for many in the Victorian era due to scientific discoveries carried with it the implication that life is nothing more than a kind of utilitarian existence that should be lived according to logic and facts, not intuition or feeling – that without God to impose meaning on life, life is meaningless. Charles Dickens, in Hard Times, parodies this way of thought by pushing its ideologies and implications to the extreme in his depiction of the McChoakumchild School....   [tags: School Dickens hard Times Essays] 845 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times Many characters in the novel are victims of hard times as a result of many factors. These include the lack of money, the education system, the industrialisation in the area and the social injustices of the Victorian era. The novel is divided into three books: sowing, reaping and garnering. The names of these books have biblical references. ‘Ae ye sow, so shall ye reap’ New Testament This means that there are consequences to all your actions, this idea features strongly in the novel....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 4007 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times There are a huge variety of characters in Hard Times, ranging from the good to the unnaturally cruel. The novel is full of extremity in its characterisation; cruel, bitter and selfish characters such as Mrs. Sparsit contrast dramatically with characters such as Stephen Blackpool and Rachael, who are benevolent and altruistic. Among the cruellest and most villainous characters in the novel is James Harthouse, who is completely ammoral, and therefore rendered very dangerous by Dickens....   [tags: Charles Dickens Hard Times Essays] 1104 words
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Analysis of Why Fact and Fancy Are Both Necessary in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Analysis of Why Fact and Fancy Are Both Necessary in Charles Dickens' Hard Times Fact and Fancy in Hard Times Coketown is a monotonous town of machinery and tall chimneys. There is a sense of sameness in the town: “It contained several large streets all very like one another, and many small streets still more like one another, inhabited by people equally like one another.” A town so sacred to fact should progress smoothly, yet residents of Coketown “never knew what they wanted” and were “eternally dissatisfied” (33)....   [tags: Summary, Analysis, Charles Dickens, Hard Times] 1366 words
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Victorian Education and the First Part of Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Victorian Education and the First Part of Hard Times by Charles Dickens The education system in the 19th century was one of the more prominent floors in society. Trainee teachers usually began work around 14 years of age, predictably resulting in poor quality teaching. Subjects and topics were drilled repeatedly until set deep into the children’s memories. Numbers of children to a class were incredibly high, meaning there was a huge lack min teacher – pupil relationship. If you happened to be particularly bright then you were likely to be dragged behind whereas if you were unfortunately slow, then you would be left behind with no special help or encouragement....   [tags: English Literature Hard Times Charles Dickens] 2277 words
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Social Classes of Industrial England in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Social Classes of Industrial England in Charles Dickens' Hard Times In his novel, Hard Times, Charles Dickens used his characters to describe the caste system that had been shaped by industrial England. By looking at three main characters, Stephen Blackpool, Mr. Josiah Bounderby, and Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, one can see the different classes that were industrial England. Stephen Blackpool represented the most abundant and least represented caste in industrial England, the lower class (also called the hands) in Charles Dickens' novel....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 532 words
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Dickens' Attitude towards Education in Hard Times - Dickens' Attitude towards Education in Hard Times In the first chapter, Dickens introduces us with a glimpse of the story, with a descriptive insight into the school and its policies. We are not revealed the names of the characters in the opening chapter, but it introduces the schoolmaster by mere description of character and appearance. This, rather than introducing us by name, gives us a close and detailed description of one of the main characters, the schoolmaster, his views and manifestation of the school itself....   [tags: Hard Times Charles Dickens Education Essays] 821 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times and David Lodge's Nice Work - Charles Dickens' Hard Times and David Lodge's Nice Work ----“Fact, fact, fact, everywhere in the material aspect of the town; fact, fact, fact everywhere in the immaterial.” – Charles Dickens In the early 1851, London staged the Great Exhibition to show the world, the achievements and inventions of the Industrial Revolution. Many people believed that this showed how much better, safer and healthier Britain was than its neighbours in Europe. People living in mansions amid lawns and fountains, with horse drawn carriages certainly felt that life couldn’t be better....   [tags: Lodge Dickens Hard Times Nice Work Essays] 2458 words
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Why Charles Dickens Wrote Hard Times - In the small section of Charles Dickens’ novel, “Hard Times,” the reader is given small clues as to why Dickens wrote the book. “Hard Times” was written to criticize, and possibly reform the education system in England during that time period. Schools were dark places. It was almost as if happiness was not allowed in schools. It actually was indirectly not allowed, because imagination wasn’t allowed to be used, and visual representations of things which are not in fact found in classrooms were no where to be found....   [tags: Hard Times Essays] 713 words
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The Emotional vs. Intellectual Growth of Children in "Hard Times" - In Hard Times, Charles Dickens explores the importance of the developments of both intellect and emotions throughout a child’s upbringing. However, to an extent, Dickens emphasizes on the greater importance of emotional growth compared to intellectual growth; such as the much happier and more compassionate human being Sissy is compared to Louisa and Tom, whom have had all ‘fancy’ rooted out of their childhood. Furthermore, although Bitzer may not be unhappy in any way, he still lacks compassion and an understanding of emotions as a result of his education under Gradgrind’s “fact only” system....   [tags: Hard Times, Charles Dickens, children, education, ] 931 words
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The Story Hard Times by Charles Dickens - ... While Mr. Bounderby states that “what is called Taste is only another name for Fact,” the story implies that fact is a question of taste or personal belief. Thomas Gradgrind’s children, grow up in an environment where all talk of imagination are discouraged, and they end up with very crippling social problems as a result. Tom becomes very indopendant and selfish with little regard for others, while Louisa remains unable to truly connect with others even though she has the desire to do so. On the other hand, Sissy Jupe , who was raised by her father with the circus, constantly had indulges in the imagination....   [tags: the sowing, the reaping, the gnarring] 1580 words
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Hard Times – Charles Dickens - My first extract is “Murdering the innocents”. Life was very difficult for the poor in the Victorian times. It was very different depending on your class. Dickens used the novels to put across his opinion about the poor peoples hard lives. For example there were no laws about how long people could work; this had an effect on the amount of machinery – related accidents that happened in the Victorian era. Many children were working too long resulting in injury and death. Those children who were luckier enough to go to schools lives were better in the sense there getting an education but there teachers were strict and used the cane and there were large classes teaching a wide range of students....   [tags: English Literature] 1744 words
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North and South and Hard Times - North and South and Hard Times     In  "Industrial" H Sussman states that "one of the most significant shifts created  by industrialism" was that of the "separation of the workplace from the home".  This "shift" created "new gender roles" with the "husband as breadwinner [and  the] wife as childcare giver" and led ultimately to the "19th century  ideology of the two separate spheres -  the masculine public sphere of work [and]  the private female sphere of domesticity". Is, however, this "shift" one which  Elizabeth Gaskell in North and South and Charles Dickens in Hard Times not only reflect but one which they endorse....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Utilitarian Logic in Hard Times - Utilitarian Logic in Hard Times Utilitarianism "Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in spring......" A perfect example of a product of utilitarian education, Bitzer defines a horse off the top of his head in a split second. Utilitarianism is the assumption that human beings act in a way that highlights their own self interest. It is based on factuality and leaves little room for imagination. Dickens provides three vivid examples of this utilitarian logic in Hard Times....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 1678 words
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Hard Times, by Charles Dickens - The characters of Charles Dickens’ fictional english city, Coketown, mirror the relationships and cross-class understandings of class in mid-nineteenth-century England. The influence of both enlightenment and romantic tendencies are evidently portrayed in the Upper and Lower classes of Coketown, and speak to the respective understandings of the characters view of society being relative to their own station within society. Coketown’s social identity is revealed through the restrictions and advantages of the different levels of society and how they contribute to the relationships and understandings between upper and lower classes....   [tags: Social Identity, Classes] 1335 words
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Redemption in Hard Times - Redemption in Hard Times Now, it is to be approached the redemption aspect in Hard Times. The main character, which will be in redemption, is Grandgrind. He is introduced at the beginning of the novel as: The speaker's square finger emphasized his observations by underscoring every sentence with a line on the schoolmaster's sleeve. The emphasis was helped by the speaker's square wall of forehead, which had his eyebrows for its base, while his eyes found commodious cellarage in two dark caves, overshadowed by the wall....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 752 words
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The Blue-collar Appeal of Hard Times - The Blue-collar Appeal of Hard Times    In Hard Times, Charles Dickens gives us a close-up look into what appears to be the ivory tower of the bourgeoisie of his day, yet these middle-class characters are viewed from a singular perspective, the perspective of those at the bottom of the social and economic system. Though Dickens’ characters tend to be well developed and presented with a thoroughly human quality, the stereotypical figure of arrogant and demanding Bounderby fails to accurately capture the motivations and attitudes of the typical successful businessman of the day and is an indication of the author’s political motives....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Stephen Blackpool in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - The book Hard Times is a book written by Charles Dickens a man that Dickens described as a man with great integrity, is introduced in this book his name is Stephen Blackpool. Stephen Blackpool lives in the town of Coketown Dickens describes this town: “In the innermost fortification of that ugly citadel where nature was as strongly bricked out as killing airs and gases were bricked in”. I think most people would agree that this is not a nice place to live in and it does not bring a nice town were the glissading sun rays were shining over every house, also the grass nourished and bright green as if it was just cut....   [tags: Hard Times Essays] 1691 words
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The Importance of Sleary's Circus People in Hard Times - The Importance of Sleary's Circus People in Hard Times       In Charles Dickens' novel "Hard Times", an alternative view of the Gradgrind-Bounderby way of life is presented by Sleary's circus people.   Sleary's people are shown by Dickens as leading lives which go against everything which Gradgrind represents and as such they are at first a kind of abomination to him. They are shown as people with a life of freedom, not constrained by the rigid set laws and hard facts which Gradgrind's philosophy is based upon....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays]
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Role of Men in Louisa's Life in Hard Times - Role of Men in Louisa's Life in Hard Times In Hard Times Charles Dickens portrays Louisa Gradgrind as a realistic character who faces conflict from the start of her life. Louisa encounters three major psychological conflicts in the form of three different men: Mr. Gradgrind, Mr. Bounderby, and Tom Gradgrind. Men play a very important role in the shaping of Louisa's life. Instead of being her own person and expressing her own feelings, Louisa falls under the realm of these three men. Since the beginning of her life, Louisa isn't allowed to express herself because her father continually stresses the facts....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 776 words
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Hard Times – Charles Dickens - Hard Times – Charles Dickens ‘Discuss the theme of education in Hard Times’ Charles Dickens was a great author of the 19th Century and his books are recognised and loved nation wide. Many people understand the meaning to his books, as they are not just plain fiction. In the novel Hard Times Dickens intensely criticises the British system of education and how it has evolved over the years: the 19th Century philosophy of ‘Utilitarianism’. Dickens believed this system was a failure, as it changed children’s minds and morals, and it is this novel that he attempts to show the horrors that this system has created....   [tags: English Literature] 1646 words
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Hard Times and Charles Dickens - The novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens is a fictitious glimpse into the lives of various classes of English people that live in a town named Coketown during the Industrial Revolution. The general culture of Coketown is one of utilitarianism. The school there is run by a man ready to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature . This man, known as Thomas Gradgrind, is responsible for the extermination of anything fanciful and integration of everything pertinent and factual into the young, pliable minds of Coketown’s children....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1822 words
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Hard Times By Charles Dickens - Consequences without an imagionation Hard Times by Charles Dickens is set out in three different books: The Sowing; The Reaping; The Garnering. They are named so as it has a special reference to the education and upbringing of children. The titles collectively underline the basic plot. It suggests that the grounding children received in their formative years would directly affect their adult lives. This comes evident as pupils of the Gradgrind system of education is not ready to tackle situations, which require imagination or experience in life....   [tags: essays papers] 2056 words
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Utilitarianism in Dickens' "Hard Times" - ‘Hard Times’ is a wonderful story, but when one thinks about the reality that lies behind the work, the novel becomes a masterpiece. This novel becomes very important because utilitarianism was the main thought in Victorian era. Utilitarianism, “the forms of liberty and equality that will produce the greatest happiness depend on the state of the educational, political, economic, and social structure” (Harris). Everything is explained by logic and facts. It is easy for the reader to find out that Dickens teases this theory, but the exciting thing is how he does it through the characters....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Hard Times - Dickens' Voice On Social Issues - Hard Times Hard Times by Charles Dickens was published in 1854. Dickens vividly depicts the various social issues of his time, and his critical view is reflected in the story. Unlike the majority of the children at that time, Dickens was fortunate enough to attend private school. He wrote this story to voice sympathy for children who had to follow the biased education system that emphasizes facts and concrete logical thinking. Dickens shows his dislike of the system through use of language, setting, and character development over abstract ideas, and creativity imagination....   [tags: Classic English Literature] 953 words
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Hard Times - Hard Times In this paper I would like to discuss the possibly affects that this book might have had on the world, the time around Charles Dickens, and the fact that Charles Dickens paid close attention to the world around him. Charles Dickens, born Charles John Huffman Dickens, was born on Feb. 7 1812 in Portsmouth where his father was a clerk at the Naval Pay Office. Four years later his family moved to Chatham and then later moved to London. In 1824 Charles Dickens father went to Debtor's Prison....   [tags: Dickens Hard Times Essays] 894 words
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Hard Times/Charles Dickens - The novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens offers a glimpse into the life and times during the industrial revolution in England during the nineteenth century. Dickens offers a wide range of characters from the upper class factory owner to the lowest class factory workers. He creates characters in this range of social classes and crafts this story that intertwines each person and their transformations throughout the novel. Almost every character in this story is complex and has characteristics that run deeper than their place in society, and this is what makes the novel so very important and intense....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 688 words
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Hard Times-Charles Dickens - Hard Times-Charles Dickens In “Hard Times” there is a teacher called Mr Gradgrind, Mr Gradgrind set up a school As a charity. Although this makes him sound like a kind man he is quite the opposite. He is very harsh and cruel man. I know this because of how he treats one of the members of his school. Her name is Sissy Jupe. One day Mr Gradgrind said “girl number 20, who is that girl. Sissy stood up and said “me sir”. Mr Gradgrind asked her name, when she replied he said “sissy is not a name and your father should not call you it!” then Mr Gradgrind asked her fathers job and Sissy told him that he looked after the horses in the circus....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1403 words
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Treatment towards Migrant Workers - ... “Bounderby does not demonstrate the fluidity of class system or the ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ mentality, as he professes to. Rather, his character reinforces the difficulty of moving from low or working class up to middle class” (Amy Watkin, Hard Times). Finding out about Bounderby's dishonesty helped readers to feel the misery of Stephen Blackpool and the lack of hope for a better life, since class systems are so frighteningly rigid (Watkin). In Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is essentially about the journey to a new and better world, this new world is called California....   [tags: Hard Times, Charles Dickens] 1249 words
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Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Charles Dickens' Hard Times When we think of hard times in today’s world, our thoughts might consist of the number of days before we get paid, an argument with our spouse, or simply that our car is not operating so great these days. Most people today can not begin to imagine what hard times were like during the Industrial Revolution. In nineteenth century England, hard times to the factory workers may have consisted of watching one’s nine-year-old child tied to a machine in the mill for fourteen hours a day....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1751 words
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Charles Dickens: Hard Times - Charles Dickens: Hard Times Written in 1854, Charles Dickens’ “Hard Times” tells the story of many different characters and their growth through troubles and time. The book does not give an accurate historical background of Dickens’ time but rather, focuses on the utilitarian value system that was popular and attacks it with a satirical attitude. Even in book one alone, there are several different ‘evils’ represented through characters and events. One specific ‘evil’ Dickens attacks is that of the public schooling system....   [tags: Papers] 661 words
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Charles Dickens: Hard Times - Charles Dickens: Hard Times Hard Times is a powerful use of satire. The satire is aimed at the Victorian school system and some values of the Victorian period. The novel presents us a fictional town called ‘Coketown’. It introduces us to a man called Thomas Gradgrind, a satirical character with the basis of a Victorian school master. Dickens wrote this novel to attack the Victorian school system because he did not believe that it was right. He uses satire a great deal in the novel to emphasise how it does not work and why it should change....   [tags: Papers] 2002 words
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Significance of Emotional Education in Dickens' Novel, Hard Times - Set in the ever shifting world of the Industrial Revolution, Charles Dickens’ novel Hard Times begins with a description of a utilitarian paradise created by the illustrious and "eminently practical" Mr. Gradgrind, a world that follows a prescribed set of logically laid-out facts. However, readers soon realize that Gradgrind's modern utopia is only a simulacrum, belied by the damnation of lives devoid of elements that feed the heart and soul, as well as the mind. As the years progress, the weaknesses of Gradgrind's carefully constructed system become painfully apparent, especially in his children Louisa and Tom, and in the poor workers employed under one Mr....   [tags: literary analysis, analytical, literary criticism] 1914 words
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Themes, Symbolism, and Atmosphere in Dickens' Hard Times - When Charles Dickens was writing his commentary on a fast industrializing world, the thought that Hard Times would still be relevant over 150 years later is assumed to be far from the forefront of his mind. And yet at present, 158 years after its first publication, Charles Dickens’ tale of industrialization and its implications still holds a prominent place in today’s society. The following is one interpretation of Dickens’ story of an industrialized dystopia, and discussed are its ever-relevant theme, the symbols and motifs which reinforce it, and the effective atmosphere which it creates....   [tags: Charles Dickens]
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The Fate of Tom Gradgrind - Tom Gradgrind, one of the children raised in the Gradgrind household in Charles Dickens’ book Hard Times, is one of the pivotal characters in the novel; both in terms of theme as well as plot development. The son of Thomas Gradgrind and beloved brother of Louisa Gradgrind, Tom embodies the unabashed self-interest that Dickens depicts throughout the novel as a problem within a society etched in the ideals of hard facts. Although for the majority of the novel Tom appears to be a self-centered opportunist, there are instances where he demonstrates appreciation – and even humane affections – towards his sister Louisa that foreshadow a possible reformation for the character....   [tags: "Hard Times", Dickens, Character Analysis]
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The Presentation of Education in Hard Times by Charles Dickens - Examine the presentation of Education, chapters 1 to 4 in Hard Times by Charles Dickens Charles Dickens wanted to attack the failings of education and the wrong-headedness of the prevailing philosophy in education. He believed that many schools discouraged the development of the children’s imaginations, training them as “little parrots and small calculating machines” (Dickens used this phrase in a lecture he gave in 1857). Nor did Dickens approve of the recently instituted teacher training colleges....   [tags: English Literature chapters 1 to 4] 1088 words
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The Role of the Circus Folk in 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens - The Role of the Circus Folk in 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens The role of the circus is both complex and simple it is in itself a contradiction; it has been placed within the novel to add another dimension to the story of Coketown but also to show how fragile human nature can be. The circus folks role are complicated in their simplicity, they are of course there to carry out the role that they are paid to perform as actors or performers as well as being there for the second more complicated role of showing the notion of fancy within the novel....   [tags: Papers] 1602 words
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Industrialization and Utilitarianism in Dickens' Hard Times - Industrialization and Utilitarianism in Dickens' Hard Times     Charles Dickens uses his fictitious town in Hard Times to represent the industrialization of England at that time or close to it. Most of this representation, however, isn't accurately described compared the way things really were during industrialization. It is important to remember throughout this paper that not only is Hard Times a work of fiction, it was meant to be a satire, a parody of ideas and ways of thinking at the time....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Wealth and Poverty in Hard Times by Charles Dickens - How does Dickens contrast wealth and poverty in the opening book of Hard Times. Hard Times is set in the 1840's, which was an amazingly turbulent time in history due to the industrial revolution. The novel is set in Coketown (Coketown is fictitious but is loosely based on the town of Preston), one of the many new industrial towns, and is centred on the lives of its inhabitants. People's lives had changed at this time. The working class used to work in farms, and because they were their own boss, they would have days off....   [tags: English Literature] 2302 words
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Balance in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Balance in Charles Dickens' Hard Times Balance; it is one attribute that almost everyone strives for within the trials and tribulations of everyday life. However, the delicate conditions needed to achieve such a plateau vary from person to person. It is Charles Dickens, in his novel Hard Times, who walks along a great tight rope in hopes of finding a medium between the multiple extremes. Using a satirical angle, Dickens tells the story of a community who becomes caught in the trap of one side of the spectrum, trapped with the cold, hard facts of life....   [tags: essays papers] 620 words
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Comedic Relief in the Bleek Novel, Hard Times by Charles Dickens - ... Bounderby who is the fool, but rather Mrs. Sparsit, who does not seem to understand that her actions against Bounderby do not have an impact on him at all. What does Mr. Bounderby care about. Certainly not Mrs. Sparsit. Mr. Bounderby is an egotistical man who only cares about his social status and money. He married Louisa with the goal in mind to make her his trophy wife and to have connections with Mr. Gradgrind – it has nothing to do with his emotional connection with Louisa. Thus, Mrs....   [tags: court jester, subtle, the housekeeper] 557 words
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Dickens and his Stucture Of Hard Times - “On every page Hard Times manifests its identity as a polemical work, a critique of Mid-Victorian industrial society dominated by materialism, acquisitiveness, and ruthlessly competitive capitalist economics” (Lodge 86). The quotation above illustrates the basis for Hard Times. Charles Dickens presents in his novel a specific structure to expose the evils and abuses of the Victorian Era. Dickens’ use of plot and characterization relate directly to the structure on account that it shows his view of the mistreatments and evils of the Victorian Era, along with his effort to expose them through literary methods....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Dickens' Attitudes to Education in Hard Times - Dickens' Attitudes to Education in Hard Times I am going to explore the opening chapters of 'Hard Times' by Charles Dickens and discuss his attitudes towards education in his time. In particular I'm going to comment on various characters and Dickens' narrative techniques. This novel in Dickens' time was a controversial and a political comment to convey his views on education. Hard Times is about a specific time, the 1840s; and it reflects the harsh and comfortless lives of English people, particularly working-class people in that period....   [tags: Papers] 1597 words
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Disapproval of the Education System in Dickens' Hard Times - Using the first two chapters of ‘Hard Times’ explore how Dickens shows his dislike to the education system I will write an essay telling you about the way in which Charles Dickens disapproved of the education system, in the 19th Century. Dickens was a hopeful, courageous, imaginative and intelligent man and showed this through his mind blowing novels which include Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations and many more. It was to be in the eighteen hundreds that the government introduced a reform in the education system, this would include all working class children the right to go to school....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework] 1565 words
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Dickens' Hard Times as a Critique of the Educational System - Dickens' Hard Times as a Critique of the Educational System            Industrialization made Victorian England a brave new world.  A world bereft of justice, humanity and emotion.  In Hard Times, Dickens critiques this world in several ways; it's pollution problems, factory accidents, divorce laws, utilitarian ideals, and educational system.  The goal of this essay is to focus strictly on Dickens critique of the educational system which was influenced by Industrialization.  In his novel, Dickens shows us how children were indoctrinated at very early ages that "facts alone are wanted in life" (47).  "The Gradgrind school in Hard Times was modeled on the so-called Birbeck Schools inaugura...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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Analysis of the Credibility of Characters in Charles Dickens' Hard Times - Analysis of the Credibility of Characters in Charles Dickens' Hard Times Hard times was written in 1854 by Charles Dickens. Dickens was a prominent Victorian novelist who wrote about the society that surrounded him. He was educated and middle-class but had some sympathy with the way poor people were treated. He was critical of utilitarianism and felt that those in power showed little understanding of the poor. His sympathy with the poor stemmed from his childhood and his father's inability to stay out of debt....   [tags: Papers] 1504 words
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Science in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Hard Times by Charles Dickens - The 19th century was a time of massive change socially, politically and scientifically. This time saw the rise of Imperialism and of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, seeing massive changes in the way industry was run. Also during this time the literary movements of Romanticism and Victorianism emerged. Romanticism dealt with the issues of reality versus illusion, childhood and man versus nature. The first book I will examine in this essay, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, comes from this literary period and focuses on the man versus nature theme, namely the theme of scientific development and it’s contrast to nature....   [tags: 19th Century Literature]
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Dickens' Attitude Toward Education in Hard Times - Dickens' Attitude Toward Education in Hard Times Dickens wrote Hard Times in 1854, when the industrial revolution was active. This influenced the way the book was written. In the first two chapters of Hard Times, Dickens' attitudes to education are presented. He uses two characters, Gradgrind and M'Choakumchild to show the bad views of education and the opposition to Dickens' views. There is an immediate tension between Dickens' way of thinking and Gradgrind's and M'Choakumchild's....   [tags: Papers] 868 words
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Introduction To Hard Times - The shortest of Dickens' novels, Hard Times, was also, until quite recently, the least regarded of them. The comedy is savagely and scornfully sardonic, to the virtual exclusion of the humour - that delighted apprehension of and rejoicing in idiosyncrasy and absurdity for their own sakes, which often cuts right across moral considerations and which we normally take for granted in Dickens. Then, too, the novel is curiously skeletal. There are four separate plots, or at least four separate centres of interest: the re-education through suffering of Mr....   [tags: essays research papers] 1985 words
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