Summary sissy's education in the gradgrind home and in m'choakumchild's school does not progress as rapidly as mr gradgrind would desire she — reared to wonder, to think, to love, and to believe in fancy — cannot digest the volumes of facts and figures given her. Largely through the influence of sissy jupe and the trauma of louisa's failed marriage, mr gradgrind grows in wisdom and experience he pays for his earlier insensitivity by seeing the harmful results of his philosophy: tom's life of crime, bitzer's coldhearted practically and louisa's emotional breakdown. On the other hand, sissy, who grew up with the circus, constantly indulges in the fancy forbidden to the gradgrinds, and lovingly raises louisa and tom's sister in a way more complete than the upbringing of either of the older siblings. Cecilia (sissy) jupe - daughter of a circus performer, adopted by mr gradgrind, represents the balance between fact and fancy, her story has a happy ending tom (the whelp) gradgrind - mr gradgrind's son and louisa's brother, egoistic and immature, has problems with debt and gambling, ends up alone and away from home.
Noticing sissy's tears one day, louisa comforts her sissy and louisa then become closer while sissy is often criticized at school for delighting in fancy rather than fact, louisa has discovered. Sissy jupe the most important character of hard times while reading hard times it's easy to become frustrated at a lot of the characters in the story louisa is a bit of a pushover, thomas gradgrind only cares about facts and bounderby is a lying jerk. Sissy jupe, the daughter of a circus man, was taken in by the gradgrinds to live in their home she is representative of the circus people with her innocence and free-will, qualities which are lacking in the lives of the people around her. He is the father of louisa and tom, also the patron of sissy mr against the whole fact attached society 12 the conflict between fact and fancy: fact, being.
Louisa, sissy, stephen blackpool, and rachael are the virtuous and sensible defenders of human personality against material temptation and its supportive theories of logic sissy's confidence and practical wisdom prove the triumph of her rightness and the doom of the calcified attitude towards facts in education. Louisa agrees to marry mr the narrator notes that the seasons change even in coketown's wilderness of smoke and brick by contrasting mechanical time with natural time these seasonal changes constitute the only stand that ever was made against its direful uniformity must be the foundation of a happy marriage. Stephen is rescued by death and louisa by sissy sissy reminds us of the family of the circus and also her own after marriage with children stephen's wife illuminates the stark reality of the poverty and misery of the workers. And yet sissy, like bounderby, is an interesting contradiction she is obviously tied to the circus, to entertainment, to the life of the imagination but she is also clearly one of the more realistic and matter-of-fact characters in the novel. The circus: delight and wonder thomas gradgrind's daughter louisa, raised on a regimen of fact, instinctively recognises that something is missing from her life, and it is sissy, resistant though she is to abstract reasoning, who supplies what is absent.
Louisa's deprivation before facing defeat in the face of sissy's love, harthouse solidifies dickens's caustic arguments against industrialism through his own role as an emotional catalyst for the cold satire of coketown. Fact vs fancy themetracker the themetracker below shows where, and to what degree, the theme of fact vs fancy appears in each chapter of hard times click or tap on any chapter to read its summary & analysis. Setting:coketown an imaginary industrial town thomas gradgrind, a teacher, who is a man of facts and calculations he never allows his children ( tom and louisa ) to show emotions sissy jupe, one of gradgrind's students, whom he doesn't approve of because of her imaginative ideas, so he takes over her education. Thomas, sissy, and louisa meet him there and, after a last minute attempt by bitzer to capture him, escapes abroad, with the help of the circus folk, where he later dies in misery thomas gradgrind abandons his inflexible demands for facts in favor of faith, hope, and charity. Free flashcards to help memorize facts about terms other activities to help include hangman, crossword, word scramble, games, matching, quizes, and tests.
Louisa gradgrind is a miserable and misled girl, while his brother tom is an unwholesome and ambitious young man (hard times2006) when a circus performer's daughter, sissy jupe, enrolls at the gradgrind school, she unsettles the people around her by her interpretation of life, which could be turned fanciful in contrast with the facts of. Sissy serves as a foil, or contrast, to louisa: while sissy is imaginative and compassionate, louisa is rational and, for the most part, unfeeling sissy embodies the victorian femininity that counterbalances mechanization and industry. The fact-versus-fancy theme is traceable in the novel's handling ofeducation in thegradgrind school, ofthe upbringing of the gradgrind children, and of working-class life in industrial towns.
Sissy's affection reclaims louisa and helps heal the broken gradgrind family dickens argues that you cannot reduce human behaviour to a mathematical equation he argues against the idea that the whole social system is a question of self-interest. The single hard fact about hard times is that it is a male-dominated and patriarchal novel obviously, this gives rise to the issue of gender and opens up related issues of the way victorian society was constituted, the way people saw themselves and constructed the other, and the way sexual politics controlled women in private and public life.
Fancy seems to have helped sissy live a better life, despite being through so many hardships at a young age the outcome of these words influence the entire novel, with tom robbing the bank and louisa falling for someone who wanted her to have more fancy within the world. Engberg 3 sissy is arguably the most important character in the novel and definitely my favorite she plays a vital role and has a great impact on the gradgrind family, as she allows mr and mrs gradgrind to recognize that imagination is the key to happiness, not fact. Fact vs fancy in hard times (intended for the lovers of literature, poetry, novels charles dickens is often judged as social reformer [marxist like.