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'Hard Times' - Charles Dickens Charles dickens, a phenomenal author was born into earth with riches. All of these riches were taken away from him when some 'hard times' happened in his life his inspired him to write this book. Dickens Father was in prison for most of his life and Dickens and his sister were the only ones who didn't belong in a cell. They were left on their own and left to work. Born in 1812 and dying in 1870, Dickens lived a good and fulfilling life. He married what he thought was an amazing woman and later went on to have many children with her. Dickens and his wife later split up after his secret and dark affair that was kept from his wife for many years. His fame grew and became more famous over time. This is one of Dickens most famous novels ever written; it was made from memories of the Industrial Revolution, Dickens views on the education back when he was a child and the very poor working conditions in factories. The novel is set in a rough town, which Dickens in the novel called, 'coke-town'; now known as Preston Today. He visited Preston again during writing his novel to get the feel of 'Coke-town' again. The industrial revolution that Dickens wrote about was all across the nation. The term 'industrial revolution' is used to describe several things that changed in these times. ...read more.


Dickens described his head as 'all covered in knobs, like the crust of a plum pie' which can only suggest that he has warts which are ugly things and a presence of evil as witches are known to having them. 'Neck cloth, trained to take him by the throat' which suggests he is strangling himself, this is a violent image. When dickens says 'as if the head was scarcely warehouse room for the hard facts stored inside' this means a big space means he has a lot of facts and the fact they are hard is strong and difficult; once again this is a violent image. The repetition of the word 'square' is done to make an emphasis on a boring mathematical shape. A sense of boring this, boring that. The children are described as 'little vessels then and there arranged in order ready to have imperial gallons of facts poured into them' this tells us that Gradgrind want the children all lined up and all in the right position and once this is right then they are ready to sail away. In chapter 2 we are introduced to Grad grinds personality even more. He is firstly described as a 'cannon loaded with muzzle' this metaphor suggests he is fiery. He is loaded with facts and ready to fire them at the students. This also suggests these facts are dangerous and will harm the children. ...read more.


The inspector then goes on to ask the class whether they would 'paper the wall with representations of horses' he believes that you should not. This is because they are not really there or the real thing so therefore it's joking you it doesn't matter. Also it shows imagination which the inspector is against and always trying to knock out this imagination out of the children. If there were these representations it could distract the kids away from the facts which in his mind is a bad thing. Sissy again is one of whom which to challenge his view by saying 'yes'. She believes that these representations are good things and they are pleasant pretty things not bad and boring. We learn now that sissy is still polite but that she likes these things, she is her own person and doesn't copy anyone else. She shows that she has imagination and loves the fact of having flowery carpet because it's pleasant. 'We learn she is respectful about expressing her view towards the inspector. She behaves well but still stands up to him. She uses the word 'fancy' which means imagine towards the inspector. We learnt before that she has imagination but now she is telling us and towards the inspector this must be a shock. If she imagines this is terrible. And the inspector sees this as the opposite of facts, the enemy. The inspector is all for facts. Dickens humiliates the inspector and Gradgrind. 'Fact, fact, fact' Gradgrind repeats. They are so obsessed with facts they repeat it and show emphasis. -Jordan McGarry ...read more.

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