Hard Times


What is the tone of the passage? Fins words or phrases that show Dickens’ attitude to Grandgrind’s kind of education. Chapter 1-2

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From the very beginning, Dickens establishes himself within a contemporary debate on the nature of learning, knowledge and education. The description of the classroom is definitely satire, a critique of utilitarianism, and similar philosophies that suggested the absolute reliance upon calculations and facts in opposition to emotion, artistic inspiration and leisure.