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In What Ways Do You Think That In the Relationship between Sissy and Louisa, in book one, Dickens explores contrasting values?

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IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU THINK THAT IN THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SISSY AND LOUISA, IN BOOK 0NE, DICKENS EXPOLORES CONTRASTING VALUES? During the course of Book one, Dickens introduces us to both Sissy and Louisa. He presents them very differently and therefore immediately gives us a sense of their contrasting values. From this Book, we learn much about both characters and it is made clear that due to their different upbringings they have very different views on life. Even from the outset of the novel Sissy is identified with a heavenly light and her 'dark-eyed and dark-haired' nature appeared to give her a 'lustrous colour from the sun'. This suggests that she is at her best when surrounded by warmth and love. Dickens emphasises Sissy's uniqueness when he says that only she, out of all the class is 'irradiated' by the 'ray of sunlight'. This shows that Sissy is different from all the members of her class and enables the reader to see her, for the first time, as the angelic character that she is. ...read more.


Sissy had a very loving and tender relationship with her father, who is described to 'dote upon' her. When Sissy leaves her circus family, her departure is a very emotional one and she is clearly very attached to her friends. She feels that to abandon her circus origins will 'break [her] heart', a concept that Louisa is not familiar with. Sissy comes from a world of music, nature and drama. She has been brought up very differently from Louisa and consequently has been taught to appreciate different things. Whereas Louisa sees important in maths and science, Sissy values her father and his love for her. Sissy's animated character and her enthusiasm to learn contrasts greatly with Louisa's emotionless vocabulary and jaded, apathetic state of mind. Their differences in upbringing and in life in general, allow them to form a relationship where their contrasting views are shown evermore present. Throughout the first book, we understand that Louisa is clearly fascinated by Sissy different background. When Sissy enters the Gradgrind household she is warned never to speak of her past life, and from constant encouragement by Louisa to disobey her father in this sense, we can understand that she has the potential to appreciate her emotions. ...read more.


She is a caring and compassionate girl who is forever concerned with others. Her life has been full of 'fancy', which contrasts to Louisa's 'metallurgical' and 'fact' filled childhood. The girl's values about family life clearly differ greatly, as Sissy is much more able to show her emotions. Sissy is more the model of the old fashioned lady by being kind of subservient to everyone in the house. She has been brought up in the circus, which when comparing the two girls, seems a much better environment to bring up a child in. Dickens talks of the circus people's 'untiring readiness to help and pity one another'. Louisa is a 'new' lady, educated like a man, smart, but still giving in to the men around her and sacrificing her happiness. Her father has taught her 'never to wonder' and has shut out many things from her life. Dickens establishes the contrast between Sissy and Louisa very successfully by allowing them to form the beginnings of a possible great friendship. Although their relationship is still in its early stages, during the first book, we are able to understand that due to their different upbringings they have different views and contrasting values. ...read more.

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