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Thoughts and Notes for an Essay Discussing Dickens portrait of Industrial Society in his novel Hard Times Edition used Dickens Charles Hard Times ed Kate Flint London Penguin Books 1995 Its a good starting point for writing an essay - Dickens is unmistakably possessed by a comprehensive vision one in which the inhumanities of Victorian civilisation are seen as fostered and sanctioned by a hard philosophy the aggressive formulation of an inhuman society F R Leavis - Believed that the problem of industrial cities resulted from the poor education children received Mainly due to the teaching of fact without fancy Quotes that can be used to back up this statement - Facts alone p1 - Stubborn Fact p1 - Town built of fact fact fact p28 - Now what I want is Facts Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts Facts alone are wanted in life p9 - Also apparent in the characterisations of Gradgrind Bounderby and Bitzer - Gradgrind is the head of the school and aims to extrapolate any sense of imagination in the children He is described as Thomas Gradgrind sir A man of realities A man of fact and calculations p10 An example of this is his treatment of his children when he finds they have been at the Circus The school and circus create contrasting worlds School as the world of fact and the circus as the world of fancy Also again mirrored in his treatment of Sissy Jupe when he asks her to describe a horse She has been around horses all her life and Gradgrind scoffs at her when she is unable to do it He then asks Bitzer to describe it and he gives a description devoid of emotion bascially stating that a horse is a graminivorous quadrapedp12 He then goes on to furthur embarrass Sissy Jupe by asking whether or not she would carpet your room - or your husbands room
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