Dickens' Presentation and Criticism of the Gradgrindian View of Education "Now what I want is factsâ€¦ Facts alone are wanted in lifeâ€¦ This is the principles on which I bring up my own children." In the opening paragraph of the novel Thomas Gradgrind gives us an uncompromising and utilitarian view of what education and childhood should be. Dickens shows us that by the end of the novel the idea of education has flaws and causes grief and heartache to Gradgrind and his family. The two main characters that promote this system of education are Mr Bounderdy and Mr Gradgrind. "Square forefingerâ€¦ square wall of a foreheadâ€¦ square coat, square legs, square shouldersâ€¦ Squarely pointing with his square forefinger" this humorous exaggerated description of Mr Gradgrind by Dickens in the first two chapters of the novel gives a view of the person that mainly installs this system of education.
For example, Gradgrind, of Mr. Gradgrind means to reduce something to fine particle. It is his wish to reduce children’s imaginations and to make them into robotic carbon copies or clones. Choakumchild of Mr. McChoakumchild means to choke children to torture and to kill their imagination. Dickens invents these silly names to mitigate the sad and serious part of this book. Coketown in Victorian industrial society has th... ... middle of paper ... ... beings into machines by interrupting the development of emotions and imaginations.
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.
To shock people into making a change in the system. He makes up cruel-sounding names for the teachers, and they treat the students with great disrespect. Dickens is tired of this and writes “Hard Times” to change it. This plan was somewhat successful.
"2 The people who read Dickens' works were often the kinds of people he was attacking. Dickens lived during the Victorian age which was known as the age of social criticism. Great Expectations was Dickens first attack on class in society.3 Dickens did not come right out and preach about social reform in his novels. He uses his rich characters to illustrate the values and morals he is trying to get across. Great Expectations is a novel of social criticism.
Owen's objectivity creates an immortal image of war while Sassoon's subjectivity makes his works anachronistic. Sassoon's and Owen's backgrounds shed light on their respective styles as poets. Unlike Sassoon, Owen only posthumously achieved a level of stature in literature. Born in 1893,Wilfred Owen experienced an almost Dickensian childhood featuring a devout mother and "rough-hewn" father. Sent for his first year of education to a harshly disciplinarian academy, Owen learned to escape into the world of literature.
Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad, New Edition. New York: Infobase Pub. Conrad, J., & Armstrong, P. B. (2006). Heart of darkness: Authoritative text, backgrounds and contexts, criticism.
How Does Charles Dickens Shows His Dislike for the Education System in Hard Times? Charles Dickens novel “Hard Times” is set during the Industrial Revolution and reflects life at that period of time. The novel reveals Dickens disapproval of the utilitarian education system, which involves teaching children nothing but facts. He shows his dislike through his language and tones the various settings of the main action and through spiraling character development. Dickens uses Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. McChoakumchild as examples of characters who teach children only facts.
Dickens keeps saying facts because he wants to drill facts into the reader’s head, so they know how the school children felt when they had facts drilled into their heads. Dickens wants to show through the names of the chapters, what his thoughts are towards the education system. Dickens calls the second chapter ‘Murdering the Innocents’. From the word ‘murdering’ I get thoughts of anger, sadnes... ... middle of paper ... ...as so light eyed and light haired that the self same rays appeared to draw out of him what little colour he ever possessed’. I can see that the reason behind Bitzer’s dull look id down to him being drained of his imagination by Gradgrind.