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What Do You Make Of The Endings Which Dickens Devices For The Lives Of The Protagonists There are many different protagonists in the story Hard Times as many of the characters play an important role in the story however the characters that have the greatest influence upon the story line include that of MrGradgrind Thomas Gradgrind Louisa Gradgrind Josiah Bounderby Stephen Blackpool and Cecelia Jupe MrGradgrind is a wealthy retired merchant in Coketown father to Louisa and Tom His character espouses a philosophy of rationalism self-interest and hard cold fact This philosophy is taught so constantly to the children that there is no room for the children to have an imagination MrGradgrinds ending in the story really encourages the reader think and not just read It explains MrGradgrind foreseeing his own future It describes him considering his situation a white-haired decrepit man bending his hitherto inflexible theories to appointed circumstances Perhaps this is a period of time where MrGradgrind is looking back to past actions and how they may affect his own future It also asks the reader the question Did he catch sight of himself therefore much despised by his late political associates This ponders the question of whether MrGradgrind ever did notice how his actions affected other people and the consequences they caused This ending shows MrGradgrind to be a man that may have realised his mistakes and what his views were really like in life however it is not necessarily true that he has changed them As the character had many bad qualities Dickens does not give him a good ending like some of the other characters which is as such a fair ending for a character like MrGradgrind under the philosophy that more positive characters will have better endings Thomas Gradgrind the son of MrGradgrind is a particularly dissipated and occasionally hypocritical young man and later finds a job as an apprentice at the bank under Bounderbys supervision
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