Gradgrind Essays

  • Capitalism In John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men

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    The political commentary Of Mice and Men, written by the prominent American communist author Steinbeck in 1937, is used to allegorize his views on a capitalist society. Steinbeck’s work follows the protagonists George and Lennie on their challenging journey to make a living and achieve the “American dream” near the town of Soledad. The society Steinbeck has portrayed in his work expresses the futile nature of living in the Great Depression and the reoccurring hardships many characters, including

  • Analysis Of James Fordyce's Sermons To Young Women

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    which citizens under law are as free as in the state of nature. However, within the household, he held, the man must rule and the woman must submit to this rule. Rousseau also maintained that women must be trained from the beginning to ‘serve’ and to ‘submit’ to men. Since the essence or spirit of being fully human was for Rousseau being free from submission to the will of another, women were to be denied the essential condition for being fully human. Rousseau felt that if women were accorded equality

  • Identity In Toni Morrison's Song Of Solomon

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    This paper on Song of Solomon attempts to do a feminist study. It moves away from the predominant critical trend of considering the novel as an exposition on Milkman, the male protagonist; instead it presents how identity is often times connoted differently by black men and women, and how men and women have differential access to cultural narratives of identity. The protagonist Milkman, who initially chases the American Dream of material prosperity, later enjoys the privilege of searching for and

  • Difference Between Rousseau And Wollstonecraft

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    To what extent do Rousseau and Wollstonecraft agree and disagree Wollstonecraft assumes that either there is a difference between men and women, or history has just been unfair with women. She reaches the conclusion that women’s lack of good education is the cause of misery in the world, Wollstonecraft’s gender equality ideas, crashed with Rousseau’s. Rousseau is celebrated for the social contract, and his conception of human civilisation, he is one of the best known Enlightenment figures in favour

  • Greed In Washington Irving's The Devil And Tom Walker

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    In the story “ The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, the theme of greed is exaggerated through Tom Walker’s life story. Throughout the story, Walker’s estranged and miserly relationship with his wife, his self-beneficial life choices that harm others, and his unfortunate and pitiful death, demonstrate horrible occurrences in a greed-filled lifestyle. Irving also elucidates to readers that consistent desires and the feelings of dissatisfaction towards everything will eventually lead to an

  • The Glass Menagerie And The Great Gatsby Analysis

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    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams both feature a character who is unwilling to let go of the past. In The Great Gatsby, we see that Gatsby, the main character’s neighbor, longs for the love that he used to have with a girl he met before going off to war, Daisy. In “The Glass Menagerie” Amanda Wingfield, the mother of the Tom Wingfield the main character, is always rambling on about the past relationships she had. She only knew how to talk about

  • Conformity And Individuality In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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    Jacob Irish Irish 1 Ms. Matthews HSE 3: Period 5 3 November 2014 Conformity versus Individuality “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). Conformity and equality may seem desirable at first; however, it actually takes away one’s individuality. Ray Bradbury warned about this in his novel Fahrenheit 451. His novel takes place in a futuristic

  • Charles Bounderby Analysis

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    Louisa, and Gradgrind had the biggest plot twists due to Charles Dickens sowing the seeds early in the novel. Josiah Bounderby is described as a successful bank owner but an awful, loud, obnoxious, completely self-centered person. Bounderby claims to be a self-made man and boastfully describes being abandoned by his mother as a young boy. Bounderby would exclaim things like “I hadn’t a shoe to my foot. As to a stocking, I didn 't know such a thing by name. I passed the day in a ditch,

  • Hard Times By Charles Dickens Literary Analysis

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    In this paper, I will analyse Hard Times which is wrote by Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Also I will mention about Thomas Gradgrind, imaginary and emotions. Firstly, I will give some information about Dickens’s life and works. Charles was a very prolific author. Also, he was a journalist, novelist, editor, illustrator and social commentator. Dickens started his career anonymously. In this article, I try to explain the wrong educational system and importance of feelings and imaginary. Feelings is an

  • Villains Of The Victorian Age

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    Villains of the Victorian Age: A Comparison Between Thomas Gradgrind and John Thornton The Victorian Age, which spans roughly the period from 1832 until 1901, is a term that covers England’s era of scientific revolution, economical progress and the country’s transformation to an industrial society. Novelist and historian Walter Besant observed the transformation of the mind and habits of the ordinary Englishman during the reign of Queen Victoria, after whom the Victorian Age is named. By 1897, he

  • Adopted Children In Tess Of The D Urbervilles

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    When mothers choose to be absent from their children’s lives, either their daughter or sister will take responsibility and act as a foster mother to the children. After John Durbeyfield discovers that he is related to the prestigious D’Urbervilles, he goes out to Rolliver’s, the local tavern, to celebrate. When Mrs. Durbeyfield “discovered [her husband] at Rolliver’s… she dismiss[ed] all thought and care of her children”(TD 14). When Tess realizes that both of her parents are out drinking, she believes

  • Sissy Jupe Character Analysis

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    “I have always loved you, and have always wished that you should know it” (169; bk. 3, ch. 1). Gradgrind is able to find a sort of reclamation as a person capable of feelings with Sissy’s help. By caring for his family, such as providing care and sitting at Mrs. Gradgrind’s beside while she died, and being a role model to Jane, she sets an example by caring for his family. She also helps Gradgrind see his mistakes in only teaching facts when he sees how distraught Louisa is at being unable to handle

  • Ken Robinson's Do Schools Kill Creativity?

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    The Industrial Revolution is well known for drastically transforming the ways in which we create goods and redistribute them. Developed nations, especially Europe and the United States, began disseminating their commercial influences on an international sphere. The political, economic, and social customs of the world were changing as a consequence of the free market system. The Industrial Revolution mechanized society, such that humans were becoming machines themselves, thus disrupting the family

  • Dickens Hard Times And The Yorkshire Cloth Worker's Petition

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    Both Hard Times and the Yorkshire Cloth Worker’s Petition have the same argument about industrialization causing people to lose their humanity. In the case of Hard Times, it starts with an employer named Mr. Gradgrind, which his name is an onomatopoeic for the sound of an of a machine churning. His lack of human compassion is further elucidated when Dickens describes him as “With a rule, and a pair of scales and the multiplication table always in his pocket,

  • Charles Dickens: Abuse Of Children During Victorian Times

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    Dickens, in which child labor and child poverty were neutralized. In the novel Hard Times by Charles dickens the rights of children are explored and the level of abuse and mistreatment is surfaced in old Victorian times. The two young children of Mr. Gradgrind, Tom and Louisa, exemplifies the young who are rebellious and filled with angst in society in which they grew up in. They were forced to conform to the strict rules of their father, who pretentiously tries to give them a totalitarian up bring. This

  • Essay On Victoring School

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    Victoring Schools (Three Analyst of victoring schools uses hard times and Jane Erie) Is Victoring Schools a good thing or bad thing? I think in both Hard Times and Jane Erie they don’t let them use creativity. They also have a school that is strict on rules and they don’t want wonder they want facts and it’s not the best school to go to. It’s also a story about being trained or most being slaves to only learn one thing. In the books of Hard Times and Jane Erie there are three analyst in both of

  • Victorian Schools In Victorian England

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    Everyone knows the frequent descriptions of Victorian England, the depressing streets, cluttered with poverty stricken families and thick clouds of smog. Even Peter Bailey, author of Leisure and Class in Victorian England, agrees that,“The early historians of England as an urban industrial society have left us with an overall picture of popular recreation which is cramped and joyless…”. While this may not have been true in all parts of Victorian England, the schools were no exception. Middle and

  • Jane Eyre And Hard Times Essay

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    Everyone knows the frequent descriptions of Victorian England, the depressing streets, cluttered with poverty stricken families and thick clouds of smog. Even Peter Bailey, author of Leisure and Class in Victorian England, agrees that,“The early historians of England as an urban industrial society have left us with an overall picture of popular recreation which is cramped and joyless…”. While this may not have been true in all parts of Victorian England, the schools were no exception. Middle and

  • Criticism In Charles Dickens Hard Times

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    Charles Dickens’ novels are usually set in the backdrop of the industrial age and Hard Times is no exception. Dickens presents “a criticism of the ‘Hard Facts’ philosophy and of the society which he believed increasingly to be operating on the principles of that philosophy” (Arneson 60). He puts forward the fictional setting of Coketown as a living factory that epithomises the “satanic industrialism […] derive[d] from an inhuman application of geo-metrically abstract principles in society, education