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How has Charles Dickens put forward to us a sense of the hard times as shown in the town and education system?

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Andrew Lightstone How has Charles Dickens put forward to us a sense of the hardtimes as shown in the town and education system? A main theme in the Charles Dickens book, 'Hard times' is the Industrial Revolution, how technology had advanced drastically, yet the standard of peoples lives were decreasing and getting ever harder. No more is this emphasised, than through the basic layout and look of the, appropriately named, 'Coketown'. The town was supposed be evolving both technology wise and money wise, yet each building was as plain and as dirty as the next, closely resembling most of the people who work and will work in the town, those being the young machinists - the children of 'Coketown.' Although the standard of living was supposedly better through the Industrial revolution, with new communication, transportation, and manufacturing methods, it meant there was an even greater demand for workers to work the machines. The life of a worker in the Revolution was, monotonous, and could kill the spirits of even the most imaginative of people. As a result, from a fairly young age, the children were taught not to have imaginations. 'Only facts' were to be learnt and applied to everyday life. ...read more.


A new class comes in, and so on, all the time, them learning nothing about morals and principles of life. Chapter two is metaphorically named, 'Murdering of the Innocents'. It shows what the education system is potentially doing to the children in it. It is not only killing the children's imagination and identity, but also deprives them of a decent future. With the education currently received, the children will be both physically and mentally, 'deformed'. The true impact on the education system to the children, is shown in chapter when two children are juxtaposed. One child, by name of Sissy has just moved to the school, and another child, Bitzer, has been taught at the school for most of his life. Our first introduction to Sissy, is by her being called, 'number 20,' by Gradgrind. This is because a name shows a personality, and imagination, along with nicknames. As a result, Gradgring calls herself, 'Cecilia'. Anything in the children's lives which requires imagination, a unique style, is removed by Gradgrind, quite easily because of the respect the children have for him. He rejects Sissy's father belonging to, 'the horse-riding'. He then gives the job the title of a, 'veterinary surgeon'. ...read more.


Everything was built to be, 'severely workful' and for its purpose, with no thought to decoration or cleanliness. Vocabulary used, shows the day to day life in the town, to be repetitive, constant, and with no other thrills than to get up early, go to work, comeback lat and go to bed. And it would be the same, 'tomorrow, and every year.' The bosses and people in charge of the town had the power to influence people at work, and their spare time. Although there were not trained to have an imagination, and believe nothing but fact, they were still encouraged to go to church. But even the churches were only, 'pious warehouses.' There are eighteen chapels, but still, there is no sense of faith. All the buildings are the same. The, 'jail might have been the infirmary,' at first glance. The final word on Coketown, is that it has a sense of entrapment. You were born in Coketown, learnt nothing but facts, and died in Coketown, with nothing else ever entering your life. The description of Coketown is an exaggerated one, but the way the industrial reviolution was going, its what Britain would've looked like. The time when nothing mattered but profit, money, and fact. There was no real religion however many churches there were. At the time, they worshipped profits and money, and profits and money were their God. ...read more.

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