Mr Thomas Gradgrind

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  • Utilitarian philosophy and principles
  • Lover of facts and statistics - "a man of realities" (p.10)
  • Eager yet narrow minded thinker
  • Scientific advances intellectually appreciated but as a result he neglected the rest of life matters
  • His methods of teaching (both in school and at home) rather severe - he is described as "a cannon loaded to the muzzle with facts, and prepared to blow them clean out of the regions of childhood at one discharge."
  • Inherently good man - Earnest and well-meaning man
  • Cares about protecting his children from what he deems poisonous influences (e.g. circus and fairytales)
  • His willingness to take Sissy shows his concerns for others - this is supported by Slearly thinking him worth talking to (bk.1 chpt.5)
  • He believed that fantasy and imagination were unnecessary for his children to develop and become mature adults far earlier in life / without this factors present in their childhood they will yearn for rebellion in later life - just as Louisa and Tom ultimately rebel.
  • Headmaster of Coketown's School
  • Retired hardware trader
  • Father to Louisa and Tom Gradgrind
  • Friends with Bounderby

Development (Growth & change)

Other information              

  • "Girl number twenty" (p.11) - insensitivity conveyed - deaf to the sound of love in a nickname / Calls her "Sissy" (p.243) - shows developments in his ability to love.
  • His ability to doubt himself and change is what makes him different from Bounderby
  • A defeated and humbled figure of the last chapters - determination to clear Stephen's name
  • Consistent in his integrity - although grows less confident yet at the same time more wise / in this respect MrG is contrasted with other politicans
  • The name 'Gradgrind' - suggests grinding / by the last chapter he is reformed and is said to no longer grind Faith, Hope and Charity "in his dusty little mills" / perhaps "grad" is meant to represent or suggest 'grade' to reflection obsession with measuring.
  • MrG initially used to be mockery of the Victorian Educational system- no real training scheme to be followed
  • Dickens' portrayal of MrG is an indictment of the Utilitarian industrial revolution and an attempt to enlighten readers that one cannot, despite all efforts, silence or destroy human nature.




Thank you so much. I will try my best hard. Elden Ring