Hard Times Essays

  • Analysis Of Hard Times By Charles Dickens

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    Hard times – Charles Dickens ‘Hard Times’ by Charles Dickens is a novel about highlighting the economic and social pressures of an English northern town and the unsympathetic conditions people were anticipated to live and work in during those times. It’s set in a northern town as opposed to London as the north of England was the centre of industrialization. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7 February in 1812. He was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world 's most

  • 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

  • Female Characters In Charles Dicken's Hard Times

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    Louisa and her mother could share,but from her experience as a working class child who knows counter examples and a different word than 'fact'.The schematic quality of HARD TIMES indicates a broader lack or incompleteness in the proven discourses of Dicken's social and literary world.Like Louisa and Mrs Gradgrind,Dicken must express his value of 'fancy' and his concern about crossing restricted boundaries in language devalued by the tenderdiscourses of reason and fact.Dicken can be seen as exploiting

  • 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

  • Hard Times Analysis

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    children who could afford it. With the ruling of Queen Victoria, changes were made to schooling to in order to make it more suitable. However, even then it had it problems. Many time classes were overcrowded and many teacher had to learn the material while on the job; they had to learn the lesson right before teaching it. In Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, the idea of schooling being flawed is brought up constantly. Along with the idea that schools without imagination, and based solely on fact, creates robots

  • Songs Of Innocence And Experience Analysis

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    is a significant theme within both Charles Dickens’s ‘Hard Times’ and William Blake’s ‘The Songs of Innocence and Experience’. Despite the fact that these texts were written nearly sixty years apart, they both portray similar messages about how children were treated within eighteenth and nineteenth century England. Dickens was highly critical of the Victorian education system, and his views are depicted explicitly within his novel ‘Hard Times’. Dickens believed that children should be taught to use

  • Education In Hard Times

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    In “The One Thing Needful” chapter of Hard Times, Dickens presents the type of educational system existing in Coke-town. He demonstrates this through the curriculum of the school which is to “Stick to Facts” (Hard Times 47) for the reason that “Facts alone are wanted in life” (Hard Times 47) and anything with no factual element is of a disadvantage to them and must be rooted out. Zubair describes Mr. Gradgrind’s school as a very rigid and rigorous system where flexibility is not welcomed because

  • The Handmaids Tale Theme

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    The Handmaids Tale essay “Faith” as it read and that there would be the last offred would get to read.In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, tells the story of Offred, one of the few fertile women in Gilead who is used purely for breeding and birth for a population. In the beginning, Offred seems to be inoffensive, ordinary, and somehow makes light of her awful situation and towards the end something changes in her which makes her bitter, reserved, and rebellious. Lust for freedom leads

  • Allegory In Gulliver's Travels

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    People are often time oblivious to the harsh reality of the real world, notably regarding politics and societies themselves. However, Irish author Jonathan Swift uses his most famous novel, Gulliver’s Travels, to not only express his views on politics and society to adults, but also tell a story that appeals to children. In his novel, Swift uses political innuendos coupled with what he thinks is the reality of his society to captivate adults while the adventure-seeking plot line intrigues children

  • Inspector Goole In J. B. Priestley's An Inspector Calls

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    Priestley presents the characters of the Inspector and Mr Birling as complete opposites, with totally different views and attitudes towards society. Arthur Birling is a self-made businessman, who has held several political positions, but whose only aim is to increase his own importance and wealth. He is a rather pompous and selfish individual who tries to impress everyone around him, by telling them how great and successful he is. He has very capitalistic views, for he only cares about himself and

  • Conflict In The Victorian Era

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    (Greenblatt, 2012b). In addition, the subject matter of literature changed during this time. According to the Glossary of Literary Terms, “much of the writing of the period, whether imaginative or didactic, in verse or in prose, dealt with or reflected the pressing social, economic, religious, and intellectual issues and problems of that era” (Abrams & Harpham, 2012). As a result, much of the literature of the time depicted not only the social expectations dictated by social structures, but the conflicts

  • Dolly's Wedding Film Analysis

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    Anyhow that is not the film's greatest blemish. It's greatest wrongdoing is that its a frail kneed film that invests a great deal of time and vitality in letting us know what a decent and minding young lady Dolly is. That while Dolly may get into dolis eagerly, she doesn't get all comfy with the dulhas. That she figures out how to stay unadulterated and untouched. Just to, at last, let

  • Generosity In A Christmas Carol

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    In response to the Industrial Revolution of Victorian England during the 18th century, British society found itself at a crossroad regarding what was deemed significant in human life. The Victorian life was grimy, tough and cruel, and it is made prevalent throughout Charles Dickens’ novella, ‘A Christmas Carol’, that a clear distinction is illustrated between that of the wealthy, aristocrats of England, which was paralleled with those who don’t have wealth, but may have happiness. Dickens integrates

  • Oliver Twist Analysis

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    To what extent does Dickens explore the triumph of good over evil in Oliver Twist? Introduction Charles Dickens has been called a mastermind in the melodramatic structures of his novels, and it is distinctly evident in his novel, Oliver Twist. He raises social issues through fictional representation, rather than the promotion of an idealistic world. The content of the novel highlights the abuses and harsh reality in the workhouses after the New Poor Law Amendment Act in 1834. Dickens establishes

  • 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

  • The Glass Menagerie And The Great Gatsby Analysis

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    having her husband, was not that great, she only talks about the time she actually felt happy. The only time she felt as if she was living her life to the fullest. The time when she had the attention of many young men. In the beginning of the play, we instantly see how Amanda cannot stop talking about her younger years. Tom even complains that he doesn’t want to hear stories about her relationships because he has heard them many times. Amanda also later asks Laura, her daughter, when she will be seeing

  • Conformity And Individuality In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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    life. Montag discovers these unique characteristics in Clarisse as soon as he meets her while walking home from work one night. Clarisse tells Montag: ‘“Well, I’m seventeen and I’m crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. Isn’t this a nice time to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise”’ (Bradbury 11). Clarisse introduces herself to Montag and reveals her background. She remains unaffected by the norms of society.

  • Symbolism In Saul Bellow's Seize The Day

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    According to the Cambridge Dictionary, capitalism is “an economic, political, and social system in which property, business, and industry are privately owned, directed towards making the greatest possible profits for successful organizations and people” but, quoting T.S Eliot: “success is relative”. The aim of this essay is to analyze if the novella Seize the Day by Saul Bellow could be construed as a criticism of this system. To begin with, symbols play an important role. Even though the novella

  • Gender Stereotypes Of Women During The Victorian Era

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    The 1930’s was primarily encompassed of the Great Depression. The stock market crash of 1929 led to a downward spiral of the economy, and many families were forced into unwanted unemployment. While men faced the harsh reality of being out of work, woman transitioned themselves to accept the responsibility of being the primary “bread-winners” of the family. While women were becoming dominant in the work force, their profound role in society was overshadowed by many outdated Victorian Era gender biases

  • 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