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Quadruped Graminivorous Forty teeth namelytwenty-four grinders four eye-teeth and twelve incisiveSheds coat in spring A perfect example of a product ofutilitarian education Bitzer defines a horse off the top of hishead in a split second Utilitarianism is the assumption thathuman beings act in a way that highlights their own selfinterest It is based on factuality and leaves little room forimagination Dickens provides three vivid examples of thisutilitarian logic in Hard Times The first Mr ThomasGradgrind one of the main characters in the book was theprincipal of a school in Coketown He was a firm believer inutilitarianism and instilled this philosophy into the students atthe school from a very young age as well as his ownchildren Mr Josiah Bounderby was also a practitioner ofutilitarianism but was more interested in the profit thatstemmed from it At the other end of the perspective agroup of circus members who are the total opposite ofutilitarians are added by Dickens to provide a sharpcontrast from the ideas of Mr Bounderby and MrThomas Gradgrind Sr a father of five children has lived hislife by the book and never strayed from his philosophy thatlife is nothing more than facts and statistics He hassuccessfully incorporated this belief into the school system ofCoketown and has tried his best to do so with his ownchildren The educators see children as easy targets justwaiting to be filled with information They did not considerhowever the childrens need for fiction poetry and otherfine arts that are used to expand childrens minds all ofwhich are essential today in order to produce well-roundedhuman beings through the educational process One has towonder how different the story would be if Gradgrind didnot run the school How can you give a utilitarian man suchas Gradgrind such power over a town I do like howDickens structures the book to make one ask obviousquestions such as these Dickens does not tell us much aboutthe success of the other students of the school besidesBitzer who is fairly
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