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Facts versus Fancy in Dickens´Hard Times “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

In Dickens’ Hard Times we get to know the important difference between Fancy and Fact. The Gragrind family constitutes the main presentation of the factual approach to life, the father of the family being totally unaware of the fastidious way he his bringing up his children. We later on see how his impact on his children and his own wife has as a consequence the mental breakthrough of the daughter, Louisa, who realises that there are more valuable issues in life than solely Facts. And moreover, the son, who appears as the “whelp” in the later part of the book, shows obvious signs of having endured the non-emotional childhood, and as for him the consequences are that he becomes a thief and a person who only takes advantage of others, and then especially his sister. The opposition to Fact is represented by Sissy Jupe, who is in all senses a fanciful person, relying on her ability of judging people using her intuition. It is clear that Dickens intention with the novel is to show, through these different characters, the importance of taking Fancy and imagination into account when bringing up children. This point of view becomes more clear through his way of using irony and the eventual outcome of the characters. “For whatsoever a man soweth, he shall also reap”

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2001. , 30 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53851Local ID: ENG D-10OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53851DiVA: diva2:1102411
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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