Essays Tagged: "Gradgrind"

Charles Dickens' novel, Hard Times

ss man who is trapped by those inthat upper class who trap him in a dreary existence. Thomas Gradgrind, the father of Louisa, Tom, and June not only stresses facts inthe classroom in which he t ... the upper class characters being forced into accepting thatsomething other than facts exist. Thomas Gradgrind has given up his philosophy of factsby allowing his daughter back into his house. I ...

(1 pages) 98 1 4.7 Feb/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

What are the consequences of the suppression of the imagination of the Gradgrind Children? Refers to "In hard times" by Dickens

their formative years would directly affect their adult lives. This comes evident as pupils of the Gradgrind system of education is not ready to tackle situations which require imagination or experie ... re imagination or experience in life.In Hard Times the two characters that are most affected by the Gradgrind system of education are Tom and Louisa Gradgrind. The Gradgrind system of education is the ...

(8 pages) 89 1 3.0 Feb/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

"Hard Times" by Charles Dickens

letely failure of the "perfect" system of education which is carried out by two capitalists, Thomas Gradgrind and his friend Josiah Bounderby, both of whom are utilitarian. Bounderby, the banker, merc ... e is the best thing for health, believes that everything can manufacture even love. His friend, Mr. Gradgrind, a retired hardware businessman and M.P., believes in "Fact". "What I want," he says "is F ...

(4 pages) 88 0 3.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

Representation of Industrialisation in Dickens' "Hard times".

own, however, seem to be in regular health. The only two main characters that were ailing were Mrs. Gradgrind and Mrs. Pegler. Mrs. Gradgrind's health was connected with her state of mind rather than ...

(5 pages) 78 0 4.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

"Hard Times" by Dickens.

ure of happiness, instead grasping at surface beliefs to substitute their lack of contentment. Mrs. Gradgrind completes the picture by allowing her husband's system of Fact yet unable to live or appre ... s pure and good morally, symbolizing the inner dignity of the lower classes.On the other hand, Mrs. Gradgrind represents the indolence of the upper class. In contrast to Rachael, whose life is actuall ...

(3 pages) 47 0 5.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Compare and Contrast the role of Character and Characterization in the novels 'Hard Times' and 'Love on the Dole'

aracters being caricatures. However, it is undeniable that the ridiculous argument of Bounderby and Gradgrind that every worker, "has got an object on life. That object is to be fed on turtle soup and ... ng about the social problems of the time came not from fictional sources but the "blue books" of Mr Gradgrind in 'Hard Times.' They are suggestive of the Victorian obsession with classification, which ...

(8 pages) 56 0 4.7 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Charleston Dickens, Hard Times - Contrasting Philosophies of Mr. Sleary and Mr. Gradgrind

A Magnetic Attraction:Contrasting Philosophies of Mr. Sleary and Mr. GradgrindAlthough a positive charge and a negative charge are polar opposites, when they are placed ... ergetic and strong story. Perhaps the most dissimilar characters in Dickens's Hard Times are Thomas Gradgrind and Mr. Sleary. Thomas Gradgrind thinks of himself as an "eminently practical" man and bel ... der's interest.Dickens opens the novel by describing the physical appearance and demeanor of Thomas Gradgrind. He repeatedly refers to Mr. Gradgrind's features as square, insinuating that everything a ...

(4 pages) 48 0 4.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

In 'Hard Times' Bitzer, Tom Gradgrind and James Harthouse are characters separated by social class: working, middle and upper classes respectively. Account for what unites them.

iticism, because they represent elements of Victorian culture which he despised. Bitzer, Tom Gradgrind and James Harthouse are all deeply unfeeling characters, with whom the reader cannot sympa ... arly uncaring attitudes. Throughout the novel James Harthouse is referred to as 'the devil' and Tom Gradgrind as 'the whelp'. Obvious parallels between the derogatory nature of these comments could po ...

(4 pages) 34 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

How does Charles Dickens treat the theme of education in his novel Hard Times?

velop in your youth."Now what I want is facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but facts" states Gradgrind. It makes you realise what kind of way the pupils were taught, in the nineteenth century.L ... can form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts; nothing else will ever be of service to them, "Gradgrind stresses. The sentences make you realise what kind of way the pupils were encouraged to be ...

(10 pages) 54 0 1.0 May/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Language Studies > Writing

Major themes in the novel Hard Times

the novel faces hard times at some point. We can examine some of the major characters in the story. Gradgrind faces hardship when his philosophy falls apart; Sissy Jupe loses her father, but never giv ... ed as an outright liar etc etc...The head V's the heartThe Head V's the heart is a major theme. Mr. Gradgrind represents wisdom of the head; he believes in facts, figures and statistics. If it can't b ...

(1 pages) 49 0 4.2 Jul/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Charles Dicken's "Hard Times": Human Mechanization.

With Mr. Gradgrind's philosophy on fact and fancy; fact is the only thing useful for a child and "nothing els ... ns describes Louisa and Thomas looking thorough a peephole at the circus. "Dumb with amazement, Mr. Gradgrind crossed to the spot where his family was thus disgraced, laid his hand upon each erring ch ... In this particular scene it also depicts how human being were mechanized. As previously stated, Mr. Gradgrind has drilled into not only Thomas but Louisa's head that fact is all they need in order to ...

(2 pages) 20 0 3.0 Nov/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

This is an essay on how Dickens portrays his view on human nature and society in chapter V, The Key Note: "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens

mad in a zoo as he is confined to the same place and allowed no freedom. Coketown and its leaders: Gradgrind, Bounderby; who are the zoo keepers, cruel and uncaring.The word "elephant" in this quotat ... e lines and must not have anything to do with fancy: Louisa says, "'Tom, I wonder' - upon which Mr. Gradgrind, who was the person overhearing, stepped forth into the light and said, 'Louisa, never won ...

(7 pages) 27 0 0.0 Nov/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

Industrialization in "Hard Times" by Charles Dickens

h Sissy Jupe, the uneducated daughter of a circus master, and the positive influence she has on the Gradgrind family.Thomas Gradgrind has a strong rationalist philosophy and believes that fact, and fa ... that fact, and fact alone is the “one thing needful” but through the satirical way Thomas Gradgrind is described, Dickens makes his own comments regarding his conflicting views of this philo ...

(7 pages) 38 0 4.7 May/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

Compare The Elementary School In Hard Times By Charles Dickens With The Village School In Cider With Rosie By Laurie Lee

t school intimidating, not because of her fellow pupils, but because of the school inspector Thomas Gradgrind. Thomas Gradgrind refers to her as girl number twenty and insists that she calls herself C ... s were taught in this way, so they didn?t think for themselves, they learnt just enough to work. Mr Gradgrind pays for the school out of his own pocket and he is generous, but it is he who decides to ...

(8 pages) 1688 0 0.0 Jul/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

How Does Dickens Show Mr. Gradgrind’s Development As A Human Being As The Story Unfolds?

Thomas Gradgrind's is the first character to appear in the novel. Immediately from the description of his c ... e are shown is highly ironic. As if this is not proof enough we are able to see the true beliefs of Gradgrind as he states "˜In this life we want nothing but Facts, sir; nothing but Facts.' The u ... Facts.' The use of the forming of the word "˜Facts' with a capital "˜F' is indicative of Gradgrind's association of "˜Facts' being almost godly. In actual fact, from chapter two it can ...

(4 pages) 1183 0 0.0 Feb/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Hard Times by Dickens, Structu

to those that Dickens creates a firm character basis with. The opening chapter emphasizes on Thomas Gradgrind Sr., and his students fittingly referred to as "little pitchers before him, who were to be ... referred to as "little pitchers before him, who were to be filled so full of facts." (Dickens 10). Gradgrind's methods of education are employed to show Dickens' view on the evil of the educational s ...

(3 pages) 27 0 5.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

Human Experience of Eduation

creative personalized understanding.An excellent example of what a teacher should not aspire to is Gradgrind. I disagree with the narrow mind of Gradgrind, in Charles Dickens, "Hard Times for These T ... antity of facts is very appealing because it will act in a way similar to an encyclopedia. However, Gradgrind failed to link these facts in an interesting, imaginative way. He was useless to his stude ...

(4 pages) 47 0 5.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Education

Hard Times

to those that Dickens creates a firm character basis with. The opening chapter emphasizes on Thomas Gradgrind Sr., and his students fittingly referred to as "little pitchers before him, who were to be ... referred to as "little pitchers before him, who were to be filled so full of facts." (Dickens 10). Gradgrind's methods of education are employed to show Dickens' view on the evil of the educational s ...

(3 pages) 6 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens

Hard Times by Charles Dickens. Find three symbols and record three quotations that reflect or illuminate each symbol.

stars stuck on all over him, and his ethereal harness made of red silk. (44)-“While, from Mr. Gradgrind, he heard in his much lower tone the words, 'But even as an example to Louisa, of what thi ...

(2 pages) 2290 0 4.3 Aug/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Hard Times demonstrates the importance of emotional as well as intellectual growth.

ss and whose well-beings are scarred. Dickens demonstrates through the characters of Louisa and Tom Gradgrind that when ‘facts alone are wanted in life’, the result can be disastrous indeed. ... ng that because of it, Louisa can learn from her and recover.Tom is another case for the failure of Gradgrind’s educational philosophy. He becomes a thief and a liar, and is eventually, sent away ...

(4 pages) 21 0 4.0 Oct/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors > Charles Dickens