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Charles Dickens, Hard Times
-the writer: Charles Dickens
-the title: Hard Times
· The background to the story
-place: The story plays in Coketown, an industrial town. Especially in the house and
-time: I think that the story plays in the 50s. I conclude that out of the fact
-background main characters (social group, ethnic group, family circumstances)
Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bounderby are rich men. Mr. Gradgrind worked as intermediate
· Genre (detective, ghost story, adventure story, SF, historical story, thriller, love
The book Hard times is an adventure and love story.
Is the story realistic?
Yes, the story is realistic although I doubt some times. For example: old Mr. Bouderby
· The characters
Give a description:
Mr. Gradgrind: He works as a teacher in Coketown. He is severe and he want only
Mr. Bounderby: He works at a bank and is very rich. Mr Grandgrinds son works for
Louisa Gradgrind: She has to learn at her fathers private school. She hates it and when
Tom Gradgrind: He also has to learn at the private school. He got a nice job at the
Name a character you would like to know: Cecilia , because she seems to me a very
Name a character you wouldnt like to meet: Mr Gradgrind, because you arent
· Summary of the story: 150 words
Mr Grandgrind geeft les op school en leert de leerlingen alleen feiten. Hij geeft zijn
· The title
Do you think the title is well chosen? Why?
I think the the title is well chosen because life in Coketown is very hard. Especially
Think of another suitable title:
I cant think up for another title because this title refer to almost all the
Your personal opinion.
Did you enjoy reading the story?
Yes, I enjoyed reading the book because there is much variation in the story.
What did you like?
The book described the life of many people, from poor to rich. The job they had was
What didnt you like?
I didny like the way how Mr. Gradgrind teaches his pupils. He humiliates one
Does this story remind you of any other story? If so, what story?
The story doesnt remind me of an other story.
Would you recommend this story to others? Why (not)?
I would recommend the story to other because it seems boring but it isnt. There
Did you learn anything from the story? What?
I havent learnt anything from the story, maybe because story is very old.