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Dickens' view of the conflict of Fact and Fancy in children's education. When Dickens was a very young child, he would think about anything a normal child would think about

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Dickens' view of the conflict of Fact and Fancy in children's education. When Dickens was a very young child, he would think about anything a normal child would think about. E.g. castles and dragons, this is the world of fancy, but this is also in conflict with, his education at school, the world of fact. The world of fact is a name for how the children of those times were taught; they wouldn't talk about anything to do with the world of fancy, only facts were useful for their future job so only facts were taught. In Dickens' book Hard Times he describes this method of teaching as having one part of their "tender young imaginations" replaced by a "grim mechanical substitute." ...read more.

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This could be used to state that the children were being trained for one main purpose. The main character is introduced, Sissy Jupe or Cecilia Jupe. Sissy lives by the philosophy of emotion, (fancy) she is a character who is only new to the world of fact as she is from the circus which is the world of fancy. Sissy has trouble adjusting to this world of fact and fact alone as she curtseys and blushes. Sissy Jupe's father is part of the traveling circus in town for a short while and Thomas Gradgrind hates everything the circus stands for, with all its fun and creativity (fancy) ...read more.

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However, Bitzer on the other hand is a product of the education system; all natural life is taken away from him and you get the sense that he has been drained of spirit and personality making him no more than a robot who only responds when he is put into action by Thomas Gradgrind. This was how dickens was brought up; as he wanted to become a writer he was always faced with the conflict of Fact versus Fancy in his life. Although this was the case he is one of the greatest 19th century writers ever and his books are still being read all over the world and are used as prime examples of life in the 19th century. ?? ?? ?? ?? David Smith, English, Literature. ...read more.

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