• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Dickens' novel Hard Times is based in Coketown, a small industrial area. The story takes place during the industrial revolution in the early 19th century.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

COURSEWORK Dickens' novel Hard Times is based in Coketown, a small industrial area. The story takes place during the industrial revolution in the early 19th century. The book is not only about how the industrial revolution changed the way we live but also about how society and education was revolutionised because of it. In the first two chapters Dickens writes about the main characters, Bitzer, Sissy, Gradgrind and M'Choakumchild and how the revolution industrialised education. They also show us what the Victorians outlook was on education, "Fact fact fact!" The characters all represent different aspects of society. Bitzer described as "light-eyed and light-haired" this is opposite to Sissy who is said to be "dark-eyed and dark-haired". This shows us that she could be of Mediterranean origin, again showing the audience, how different she is. Bitzer although not described as looking very knowledgeable, due to her "Light-eyed and light-haired" seems to be actually "bright" educationally, the way which most pupils have great potential but do not use it. ...read more.

Middle

The way Dickens structures his sentences in the first two chapters with different formats of writing sets the scene of a classroom perfectly. Repetition is used a lot in this section of the book to simulate the atmosphere of a classroom. "Fact" is said a lot and "Facts" would be drummed into the "little vessels" heads. The classroom is described as a "vault", suggesting the atmosphere and the feelings that the children had to deal with under the reign of Mr. Gradgrind and his supporting staff. It also shows how education was during this period of time, the students were suffocated with facts. In the second chapter of Hard Times Dickens talks about how the classroom is lit. He writes about how the light changes Sissy from a "dark-eyed and dark-haired" girl into something radiant and "drawing all the light from the room". He makes both Sissy and Bitzer appear to stand out from the rest of the group, hence them being asked the question. ...read more.

Conclusion

There was obviously no care and attention like in modern society, only getting them in and out as fast as the teachers, Gradgrind & M'Choakumchild could. Dickens also uses the theme of teachers being mass-produced, allying the idea of industry to education. M'Choakumchild is said to be produced like a piano leg, ""one hundred and forty other school masters, had been lately turned at the same time". They are described as being produced on a large scale giving the thought of the teachers being manufactured. This is being passed down to the children or "little-vessels" who are only being taught "Fact". I think this book was written as a sly way of Dickens getting his point across of how the education system in Britain of the industrial revolution was very oppressed and not being dealt with in the way he would personally prefer. The way which the teachers are exaggerated, Gradgrind is described in such detail it makes him sound like a classroom himself, "hidhiaheihfwehifwerhrehi, with a square forehead". Everything in the room reflecting on the fact that it's a school. Reinforcing the fact of the way the children would have felt. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hard Times section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hard Times essays

  1. What impression does Dickens give us of Coketown and its people in Hard Times?

    rattling and trembling all day long'. The amount of disturbance in the industrial town gives the impression that it is an extremely unpleasant place to live. Dickens purposefully creates a great contrast between the untameable nature of the wild and noisy Coketown to exaggerate the fact that Coketown is not a classic, rural English town.

  2. "In Hard Times Dickens presents a convincing analysis of the social problems that have ...

    However, Dickens is clearly aware of his middle class readership, and would clearly be loath to alienate them (he had to make money whilst working toward a better society). His representation of Stephen Blackpool's alcoholic wife is extremely negative and was definitely a view of the working classes held by many middle class people.

  1. 'What are the reasons which Dickens gives for the hard times described in the ...

    At the start of the novel she leads a happy life; she is very comfortable living and working for Bounderby. Her job is easy and she enjoys being lady of the house. After Louisa marries him, Mrs Sparsit is clearly jealous, and from that point onwards enjoys causing hard times for Louisa.

  2. How does Dickens present his attitudes to education in the opening chapters of hard ...

    Bitzer can be seen as a product of the education system as he bases his life on fact which is what the Utilitarianism education system provides. Bitzer, when instructed to, gives a very factual description on a horse but is unable to express anything creative or fanciful about one, 'Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries'.

  1. Key Question: How does Charles Dickens show his dislike of the education system in ...

    The short chapter ends ominously with the Speaker's repetitive, dictatorial language: "In this life we want nothing but Facts, sir, nothing but Facts," as the children wait to metaphorically "have imperial gallons of facts poured into them."Here, Dickens makes the children look like victims and the "speaker, the school master

  2. Y10 English Literature Coursework

    and by emphasising the emphasis he's creating a double effect. Gradgrind's lips are described as 'thin and hard set'. Usually thin lips are considered to be unattractive and aggressive. His voice is 'inflexible and dry' showing us the dullness of it as he gives his orders.

  1. Examine Dickens' presentation of the education system in 'Hard Times'.

    Whereas Sissy who has spent her life travelling 'seemed to receive a deeper and more lustrous colour'. Sissy is a 'deeper' person; she has personality and opinion. "I am very fond of flowers." Gradgrind's school has not damaged her yet.

  2. Look carefully at the opening chapters of Hard Times and explore Dickens attitude towards ...

    uses murdering as he is taking away the pupils' lives by drumming facts into their heads in replace of romantic mannerism. He is slowly depriving the pupils of any imagination or emotions. By doing this it refers to Biblical reference of the time Herod slayed new born babies in the Bible, Matt 2:16.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work