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Charles Dickens wrote the novel 'Hard Times' in 1854. This novel expresses the extremity to which the children where under valued, especially women who were abused and used to attend to men's needs

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Charles Dickens wrote the novel 'Hard Times' in 1854. This novel expresses the extremity to which the children where under valued, especially women who were abused and used to attend to men's needs. Children at this time were addressed by numbers not names and where not allowed to have an imagination. Everything taught to them was by fact. When a child was asked a question, a number would address them and an example from the novel is when Sissy was asked what a horse is and couldn't answer. Thomas Gradgrind asked Bitzer who answered, "Quadruped. Gramnivorous. Forty teeth, namely, twenty-four grinders, four eye-teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries, shed hoof, too. Hoof hard but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth." ...read more.

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This was very respectable in Victorian life. Dickens is known for his excessive number of characters in his novels, and, though there are less in this work then is generally seen, each is well developed and understood to their place in the novel. Dickens has a tendency to portray his characters as representative of the different forces within society and this is certainly true in the case of Stephen Blackpool, Josiah Bounderby and Thomas Gradgrind Junior. Josiah Bounderby is a man who wants and what he wants he strives to get. His housekeeper Mrs. Sparsit is in a high position as quoted " Mrs. Sparsit had not only seen different days, but was highly connected". Her work for Bounderby boosts her role. Charles Dickens believed in children's rights in his time that they should be able to have an imagination. ...read more.

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When Sissy sends a message to Harthouse to stay away from Louisa he just dismisses Louisa like she yesterday's news and says he was planning on moving on anyway. Harthouse then tries to seduce Sissys and she just leaves. This is an example of how children where pushed into situations that they just weren't capable of handling. As you can see Charles Dickens was correct and thankfully we have writers like this to change things for the better. His idea of education is a lot better as we now have a mixed balance of fact and fantasy in our education. The children learning by fact doesn't develop the mind properly and this leads them in the wrong direction. Children can no longer be abused or beaten and men and women have equal rights. From this novel Dickens has created a new lifestyle and this was his plan which was a success. ?? ?? ?? ?? Paul Gallaher - English - Mrs Scott - Hard Times ...read more.

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