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Louisa Gradgrind Essay

  • Submitted by: boulvangar
  • on February 22, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,108 words

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sCharles dickens’ hard times is a story of victims and aggressors. Out of these, Louisa Gradgrind is one of the most rounded and complex characters as she drives the main plot of the story through her individual psyche. In turn, her own character is shaped by three psychological conflicts that take shape in the form of three men: GG, BB and TG. Loo, instead of being able to be her own self and express her feelings, is forced under the realm of these men.
The first man in her life is her father, Mr. Gradgrind. He serves as a teacher and his teachings are the basis for the beliefs and values of Coketown. He preaches only cold, hard facts to his students and denies them the education of anything fanciful. From the very beginning, he succeeds in suppressing Louisa's imagination and chokes even the tiniest hint of sensitivity and an adventurous spirit in her. This can be seen when Louisa and tom are caught peeking into the circus and she replies with “wanted to see what it was like”. The Gradgrinds then take in sissy Jupe, the daughter of a circus performer who is the embodiment of values such as compassion and sensitivity. She serves as a direct foil to Louisa’s silent, cold and seemingly unfeeling nature. As the two bonds, Louisa begins to open up and wonder about the life of sissy. However, any progress made on her characters growth id abandoned when she accepts Bounderby's marriage proposal. When asked, Louisa looks out of the window at the factory chimneys and observes: “There seems to be nothing there but languid and monotonous smoke. Yet when the night comes, Fire bursts out.” She is unable to convey the chaotic feelings that hide beneath her own monotonous exterior. Through this analogy dickens describes her repressed emotions. She tells her father, “You have dealt so wisely with me, father, from my cradle to this hour, that I never had a child's belief or a child's fear" (63). Mr. Gradgrind interprets his daughter's words as a compliment to him and his strict...

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