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. The older characters in the book, and especially Mr. Bounderby, are examples of how years of leading a utilitarian life can mold someone into an arrogantly bland and ignorant individual, which I think is one of Dickens main points in the book. There is no doubt that a lifetime of frugal and pragmatic living in a capitalist system can make you wealthy, but at what price does it come? I think that this question is the essence of this book. In regard to the matter of the seriousness, or realism, of the book, the basis of the previous question must be analyzed through the lenses of logic and reason to deduce the extent to which Hard Times may and may not be taken seriously. In my study of validity relating to historical and sociological environments, I will analyze the situations and personalities portrayed in Hard Times. Why not start at the beginning? In the first few sentences of the book, Mr. Gradgrind makes it clear that "facts alone are wanted in life," and that everything else is to be "rooted out." The first scene described in the book is of Mr. Gradgrind harshly singling out the assumed newest and least experienced (in terms of the strict principles cherished by the people of Coketown) student among his class and ordering her to describe a horse. Although the girl, Sissy Jupe, has traveled with the circus all of her life, which can be assumed as an entity prone to the utilization of the power and grace of an equestrian
AP English Lit
In the novel, “Hard Times,” Charles Dickens uses Mr. Gradgrind, Louisa Gradgrind and Sissy Jupe to express his view on Utilitarianism. Utilitarians believe “our moral faculty, according to all those of its interpreters who are entitled to the name of thinkers, supplies us only with the general principles of moral judgments; it is a branch of our reason, not of our sensitive faculty; and must be looked to for the abstract doctrines of morality….
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….
The Biggest Challenges Young Adults Face Today
The objective of the speech is to dissect the inherent problems confronting the young adults in the contemporary society. These pose a major threat to the lives and wellbeing of the individuals, and are therefore important to understand to enhance personal and societal development.
The specific purpose for the speech is to contribute to an overall understanding of the environment that circumstances….
In this Assignment, I will analyse two chapters, of the Charles Dickens novel, ‘Hard times’. Hard Times will be stylistically analysed for speech/ thought presentation, point of view, Parallelism and Gricean implicature. The opening chapter introduces the first character within the novel, Mr Gradgrind the speaker in the extract and the patron of the school. The novels opening lines are spoken by Mr Gradgrind, ‘Now what I want is Facts.’ ‘Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts.’ The word ‘Fact’….
The industrial revolution was an era of mechanization. During this era, in 1854, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) wrote Hard Times to comment upon the change within society and its effect on its people. Dickens points out the flaws and limitations of this new society in his eloquent and passionate plea on behalf of the working poor (Charles Dickens Hard Times, 2000). The novel shows presents to readers the authors perspective of life during the nineteenth century and makes comments on the central theme….
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Hard Times Literary Analysis
Charles Dickens’ presentation of characters throughout the novel Hard Times is significant to the perception of the story and the individual characters. Often, the voice of the author can easily sway one’s opinions on the novel they have written, as can be seen in Hard Times. Dickens’ presentation of Louisa Gradgrind in Hard Times allows readers to see the emotional and moral value that that those in the lower classes may experience….
are limited, and inevitably everyone will grow old. Yet the way a childhood should be spent has often been disputed, by some regarding it as a time to prepare for the future, and others as a chance to explore freedom. Charles Dickens, in Hard Times, portrays both sides of the argument in their most extreme forms. One might argue that much of Hard Times is about extremes. The first character to be introduced, Mr. Thomas Gradgrind, enforces a very rigid approach to education, while everything contrary….
Hard times Essay
The Novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens was, by far, the most enjoyable piece of historical reading that I have done in high school. There were so many themes and ironies under the words that you had to search for, making it an incredibly enjoyable read.
Although it may seem impossible, this novel is both romantic and realist. First of all, the novel is automatically romantic, because it is a novel, which was a product of the romantics in the first place. Through this novel, we….
In the book Hard Times, Dickens portrays his philosophical values, namely the opposition between Fact and Fancy and his support for the latter and the need for religious values in humanity, itself attached to the importance of femininity. He also writes in parallel to the literary context of the times, for example criticising capitalism and portraying the negative effects of industrialisation. The novel is one of many critiques written at the time and suggests numerous social developments and ideas….
Victorian age of eighteenth century. Utilitarianism, as rightly claimed by Dickens, robbed the people of their individuality and joy; deprived the children of their special period of their lives, 'Childhood' and deprived women of their inherent right of equality. The theme of utilitarianism, along with industrialization and education is explored by Charles Dickens, in his novel Hard Times.. Hard Times written in those times intended to explore its negativisms. Utilitarianism as a government was propounded….