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Hard Times Essay 6 - Character Analysis Louisa In the novel Hard Times Dickens presents a character by the name of Louisa Gradgrind Bounderby who had suffered from her fathers education system MrGradgrinds philosophy forced Louisa to discard the word fancy altogether 11 causing her to base experiences on facts and not from emotions Throughout the novel Louisa realizes that she does not have any emotional experiences to guide her This is apparent when she had been presented with a proposal for marriage and on her journey to visit her ill mother By Louisa being able to recognize the need for emotional experiences Louisa is able to help her father see the wrong doing of his philosophy of facts It becomes evident that Louisa had suffered from her fathers education system when MrGradgrind had presented Louisa with MrBounderbys proposal of marriage Upon Louisas response MrGradgrind had inquired whether or not she might have had another proposal which he was unaware of You have never entertained in secret any other proposal79 This led to Louisa revealing how her fathers school of facts had not permitted her to explore with her own emotions Fatherwhat other proposal can have been made to me Whom have I seen Where have I been What are my hearts experiences 79 Louisa continues on explaining that he should have known better than to ask such a question considering she has never been able to question or wonder past his school of facts Why fatherwhat a strange question to ask meYou have been so careful of me that I never had a childs heart You have trained me so well that I never dreamed a childs dream You have dealt so wisely with me father from my cradle to this hour that I never had a childs belief or a childs fear79 This is significant because this is the first time which Louisa attempts to tell her father that she
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