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

What techniques does Dickens use to show his views of the Victorian society, in particular, education and its effect on young people? What would be Dickens' view of education today?

Extracts from this document...


What techniques does Dickens use to show his views of the Victorian society, in particular, education and its effect on young people? What would be Dickens' view of education today? Hard Times wasn't originally meant for a book. It was written in entry format for a magazine. Each chapter in the book able to hold its own without the help or the chapters before or after. This makes the book slightly bitty, each chapter not flowing as freely into each other as they would do in a normally written book. Like so many of Dickens' novels, "Hard Times" puts societal problems of the day on trial. In this work, the problems Dickens focuses on are those of the poverty-ridden, dehumanising factory towns that sprung up in England during the Industrial Revolution. In the world depicted in the novel, workers are treated as little more than interchangeable parts in the factory's machinery, given just enough wages to keep them alive and just enough rest to make it possible for them to stand in front of their machines the next day. We are introduced to a style of teaching that is dependent only on facts. Thomas Gradgrind champions this system and has raised his children, Tom and Louisa (and their siblings) this way. ...read more.


He particularly uses this writing technique whenever talking about Mr. Gradgrind and his methods of teaching. 'Square' is constantly repeated whilst describing Gradgrind; this may be to give the impression of a perfect and tidy man. But Gradgrind is anything but square, for squares have equal sides and equal angles, all paired up in a fair way to give the impression of a perfect, neat and tidy shape. All of these statements do not pair up in any way equally to his actual personality and being. This doesn't particularly matter because the squared being of his man is used not to be realistic but to create a caricature image of Gradgrind, one that people can ridicule and laugh at but is not necessarily the perfect image of truth. The schoolroom is made out to be a torture chamber of facts and strict education, where writing lines and cleaning the black board would be punishments used every day. You can imagine the room to be made up of four parallel and equal walls, with windows opposite each other and a door central to the room. The schoolroom would basically be a room built on what facts dictate. ...read more.


This certainly proves he is a man of steel and the circus people will not get Sissy over him. In conclusion Dickens novel 'Hard Times' is till relevant and can still be associated with the life of today. The circumstances may not be the same but the thinking and characters in the book are very much up to date. Dickens talks a lot about the children's up-bringing. Commenting on their hardships and how it has affected them later on in life. Children today are still being brought up in much the same way. They may not have to deal with choosing their on paths at such an early age, but they do have to deal with racism, popularity and bullying. Dickens language, settings and times may be quite far off the modern suburban life we live in now but as for the plot and scenario's he couldn't be more exact. Even Dickens views on education are still pretty close to today's curriculum. Many authors like Swift have learnt a great deal from Dickens, you can see how his early texts have been newly interpreted and changed to suit new authors styles. As far as Dickens style is concerned, I think you'll find a lot of authors have copied it, adding a slight twist here and there to try to copy there idol's amazing work. ...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. Hard Times(TM) is a social satire which explores the ills of an Industrial Victorian ...

    However, Bitzer who describes it as 'quadruped, gramnivourous, forty teeth, namely twenty-four grinders, four - eyeteeth and twelve incisive'. As the novel spins out of control of all of the characters, we can see more clearly the characters that Dickens wants us to feel disconnected from; we feel disengaged with

  2. 'How does Dickens present education in particular Gradgrind's philosophy of education in Hard Times?

    Dickens is saying how Sissy is so full of colour, in appearance and personality. Sissy is different from the other students who receive Gradgrind's system of education. She's very different to one in particular, Bitzer. Sissy's background is different from Bitzer, who Dickens describes as pale and so lacking in

  1. How does Dickens present his negative views on education in Victorian society?

    This thought can also be shared with the education at the time, in Charles Dickens' eyes teaching wasn't as it should've been. This is made known when Mr Gradgrind calls one of his pupils 'girl number twenty' outside of the classroom, it shows the formality involved at this time and the worship to fact.

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

    the town were painted alike, in the severe characters of black and white". This is similar to the pupils in the model school who are all manufactured to fit one moulded person so you don't know what they're actually like inside.

  1. Does Charles Dickens Show Affection To The Working Classes Of Victorian England In Hard ...

    to look after his drunken, sick wife despite essentially being in the way and doing everything that would have been seen as wrong towards his wife. Looking at this evidence we can see that Rachael is portrayed as everything that Mrs Sparsit is not.

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

    Such characteristics can be seen in his name, which is made up of two words, grad and grind. "Grad" may refer to a graduate, someone with a degree which suggests Gradgrind is a man of education and implies he is involved with the system of education.

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

    It's like Bitzer has memorised this definition from a book, as it clearly isn't normal for a young boy to describe a horse this way. It reflects back to how rationalism has affected Bitzer's mind and how he sees the world.

  2. Hard Times was one of Dickens novels that focuses mainly on the education system ...

    Mr M'Choakumchild is portrayed very similarly to Gradgrind, this gives the impression that all teachers of this time were like this. A character who is a representation for Dickens views is Gradgrind. He is used as a representation because he is made to be everything Dickens is against where education is concerned.

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