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

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

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. By the end of Book 1, Dickens's criticism of Gradgrind's utilitarian thinking is apparent. ...

    He can only understand its factual purpose, "You seem to find more to look at in it than ever I could find" he says, putting this down to, "Another of the advantages...of being a girl" as his unimaginative mind cannot think of any other reason she can look deeper into the flames.

  2. Charles Dickens - A disscussion on "HardTimes".

    On the other hand, at the end of the novel, all the different characters experience different fates, for instance Bitzer, who is a quite unkind person to begin with still succeeds, Sissy who was oppressed becomes a quite cheerful person, and Mr.Bounderby who is not very likeable dies in the street.

  1. What was Dickens’ view of Grangrinds’ School?

    Dickens does not want to leave the reader in any doubt of Gradgrind's monotonous, dry and inflexible personality, and therefore emphasises these qualities very blatantly and with the reader's full knowledge. Gradgrind's role is to fill the children in his school with facts, and to persuade them harshly to accept

  2. Discuss the theme of education in ‘Hard Times’ and a ‘Kestrel for a Knave’.

    The books is started the way it is to show the reader immediately how reliant on facts the education is. It is opened mid conversation on the topic of facts, "Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but facts. facts alone are wanted in life."

  1. Y10 English Literature Coursework

    Again the children are described as and likened to plants. 'Nothing else...' shows us the arrogance in Gradgrind. He gives no room for argument and is straightforward to the point - facts, facts, facts! We can see just from the first couple of sentences in this novel that Gradgrind is

  2. What techniques does Dickens use to show his views of the Victorian society, in ...

    Louisa blames her father and he is heartbroken and guilt-ridden. Tom escapes as soon as he learns that he has been found out. He has made off with the money, and framed Blackpool, but is found when he flees to the circus by his father and Bitzer.

  1. How Does Dickens explore the conflict between "The Wisdom of the Heart and the ...

    is extremely compassionate and caring for all the other characters, especially Stephen. This is Dickens' way of providing us with a contrast character, which others can reflect off of. For example, in "Book The Third, chapter 1" Mr.

  2. 'The Children of Dynmouth' by William Trevor

    Whereas on the other hand the recently developed Coketown, part of the movements of history, has both the prominence and prosperity which Dynmouth lacks. Although there are some very clear differences, there are also an equal amount of similarities. The people living in both these places seem unhappy in their humdrum lives and feel unfulfilled.

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