Hard Times Discussion Questions

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Should all students today receive an education in the arts as well as the sciences? How does cultivation of the imagination help a person succeed in life?

How do the circus folk differ from Gradgrind and Bounderby? What are their values? Are they characters to be admired and emulated?

Write a character sketch of Mrs. Sparsit. How does Dickens make her into a witchlike figure?

Critics often argue that Stephen Blackpool and Rachel are not believable characters because they are too good to be true and that Bounderby is not believable because he is too bad to be true. Is there any truth in these views? How do you react to these characters? Why do you think Dickens created them the way he did?

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