Charles Dickens ' Hard Times For These Times

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Fancy is a noun. It means “the power of the mind to imagine things.” Do not think about it; do not think about thinking about it. Just memorize it. Can you? There is only one right path that society has pinned you on. Like a toy car on a wooden train track, you are expected to complete the course without straying from it. If you do, you are considered broken. Yet, what exactly is the point of mindlessly walking the same path as everyone else, only to constantly find yourself memorizing empty facts over and over again? In Hard Times for these Times, Charles Dickens embodies the consequences of an absolutely factual world: blindness, imbalance, and nonfulfillment. Through the convoluted stories of the opposite worlds, Sissy’s journey to becoming a jewel of balance, Louisa’s tragic fight for fulfillment, and the harmonious character Sleary, Dickens defines the urgency for the proportional combination of fact and fancy.
Gradgrind’s education system is structured to plucking imagination and emotions out of the lives of children, resulting in dangerous, machine-like human beings. He closed-mindedly abides to rules and facts; dreams and abstractness is a crime. For example, Bounderby, Gradgrind’s subordinate, insists that his workers expect “to be fed on turtle soup and vension, with a golden spoon” (72), while on the other hand, the workers believe that they are unfairly treated like dumb objects. Both Bounderby and the workers think their opinion is the fact, but it shrivels

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