Though she is an insignificant character as she does not even have a name, her presence unsettles him completely as she drinks, takes out his articles, sleeps with other men and disappears and reappears, rendering him disqualified to even seek a divorce.
Retrieved 18 November She struggles to keep up with Gradgrind's extreme reliance on the recitation of facts, and therefore is seen as not worthy of the school. Bounderby, furious that his wife has left him, redoubles his efforts to capture Stephen.
Rachael goes to the bank to say she knows where Stephen Blackpool is he has left town to seek work elsewhere and that she will write asking him to return to Coketown to clear his name. Bounderby himself superintends through calculating tabular statements and statistics, and is always secretly rebuking the people of Coketown for indulging in conceitful activities.
At the same time that Dickens introduces the calculating Gradgrind, the innocent Sissy Jupe is introduced. He is cast out by the other Hands and fired by Bounderby when he refuses to spy on them. James Harthouse, a wealthy young sophisticate from London, arrives in Coketown to begin a political career as a disciple of Gradgrind, who is now a Member of Parliament.
He has risen to a position of power and wealth from humble origins though not as humble as he claims. She collapses to the floor, and Gradgrind, struck dumb with self-reproach, begins to realize the imperfections in his philosophy of rational self-interest.
A well-dressed gentleman asks for directions to Bounderby's house, as Gradgrind has sent him from London with a letter of introduction.
Sparsit and sends her away to her hostile relatives. Walter Allen characterised Hard Times as being an unsurpassed "critique of industrial society", which was later superseded by works of D.
Dickens wished to satirise radical Utilitarians whom he described in a letter to Charles Knight as "see[ing] figures and averages, and nothing else. Dickens wrote a true tale when few wanted to know the truth. At the end of the novel, when the Gradgrinds' philosophy of religiously adhering solely to facts breaks down, Sissy is the character who teaches them how to live.
Not long after that, the bank is robbed, and the lone suspect is Stephen, the vanished Hand who was seen loitering outside the bank for several nights just before disappearing from the city. Gradgrind has three younger children: Sparsit — is a widow who has fallen on hard times.
Bounderby, furious that his wife has left him, redoubles his efforts to capture Stephen. With only a few characters to concentrate on, he had to keep the story tighter.
When a robbery takes place at the bank, Stephen is suspected of the crime. As the Gradgrind children grow older, Tom becomes a dissipated, self-interested hedonist, and Louisa struggles with deep inner confusion, feeling as though she is missing something important in her life.
Tom accompanies her and tells Stephen that if he waits outside the bank for several consecutive nights, help will come to him. Sissy is also representative of creativity and wonderment because of her circus background, and those were things that the Gradgrind children were not allowed to engage in.
Gradgrind[ edit ] Thomas Gradgrind is the notorious school board Superintendent in Dickens's novel Hard Times who is dedicated to the pursuit of profitable enterprise.Set in a northern mill-town rather than Dickens's usual London, Hard Times tackles politics in an uncharacteristically rigorous fashion, To write your own review of Hard Times.
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Hard Times is not a well-known novel compared to some of Dickens’ other novels, and has been targeted as an example of propaganda. However, it really isn’t propaganda and has many worthwhile. With the unspoken aid of Mrs. Sparsit, a former aristocrat who has fallen on hard times and now works for Bounderby, he sets about trying to corrupt Louisa.
The Hands, exhorted by a crooked union spokesman named Slackbridge, try to form a union. Note: Citations are based on reference standards.
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