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    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. This will help us understand the schoolmaster, Mr Gradgrind, and brings us to a clear understanding of his most important policy, a constant motif throughout the chapters, ‘Facts’. We are also unaware of the setting but, again introduced by appearance. This is all significant to the story itself, as this

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    Sissy Jupe

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    this industrial environment, and is forced to leave the comfort of her own home when her father abandons her after his failures at work. Thomas Gradgrind, a prominent man in the town that prides himself on his obedience to the Coketown policy of fact, agrees to take Sissy into his household. Eventually Sissy bears witness to the disassembly of the Gradgrind family, primarily Mr. Gradgrind’s children Tom and Louisa, as a consequence of the strict lifestyle they observe. Throughout the novel, Sissy Jupe

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    Hard Times by Charles Dickens is a book that dives into the world of Coketown, a fictional town that has a lot of interesting characters. Each character gives you a unique perspective towards any situation that happens in the book. Whether Mr. Gradgrind is shoving facts down your throat or Mr. Boundarby boasting about his rise to riches; the novel will keep you wanting more. With that said, Hard Times makes you feel different emotions. I know that when I was reading the novel I felt angry, sad, joyful

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    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. The first; Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, one of the main characters in the book, was the principal of a school in Coketown. He was a firm believer in utilitarianism and instilled this philosophy into the students at the school from a very young age, as well as his own children. Mr. Josiah

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    capitalists. In Book the First: Sowing, we are introduced to the main characters, the first of which is Thomas Gradgrind (5). Mr. Gradgrind was a prominent school head that believed in “realities, facts, and calculations.” He is described as a cold-hearted man that strictly forbids the fostering of imagination and emotion, especially in his two children: Tom and Louisa (Dickens 5). Mr. Gradgrind raises his children in Coketown, a Capitalistic industrial town that Dickens calls, a waste-yard with “litter

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    hard

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    who were looked down were the ones who really helped those in need. Throughout the book, there are many ironic instances. Thomas Gradgrind was a man built on the idea that facts and statistics were the only truth in life and all that was needed to have a healthy and productive life. The only truth to him was his very own vision of the truth. Simple put, Thomas Gradgrind strived for perfection. He strived to be perfect, which is what his philosophy was based on, and he strived to make his children

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    leading citizens is Thomas Gradgrind, future member of Parliament and governor of the local school. The Plot Coketown is a grimy, smelly industrial town in northern England, its houses and skies blackened by smoke from factory chimneys. One of its leading citizens is Thomas Gradgrind, future member of Parliament and governor of the local school. Gradgrind lives with his wife and five children, including the eldest, Louisa, and Tom, Jr. When we first see Gradgrind, he is observing a typical

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    One of the main characters in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, Mr. Gradgrind, enthusiastically teaches facts to his students: “Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else.” His philosophy of fact and rationale makes his pupils and children machine-like. Hard Times demonstrates, through Mr. Gradgrind’s dynamic characterization, that a fulfilling life cannot be lived by fact alone. Mr. Gradgrind is a man of “realities, facts, and calculations” (12). At his school

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    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 forefinger… square wall of a forehead… square coat, square legs,

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    Dickens saw the problem in the way children were being educated, and wanted to fix that. He wrote “Hard Times.” In the small part of the novel that we read, there is a class in session. The teacher humiliates a young student named Sissy. Thomas Gradgrind, the teacher, repeatedly tells his class that fact is all that matters. Imagination is useless. Dickens makes his problems with the education system very obvious in this part of the novel. It is the small details, however, that really tell the

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