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Auteur: Dickens, Charles
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Taal: Engels
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Hard Times

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Charles Dickens, Hard Times



Boekverslag Engels



-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
the school of Mr. Gradgrind.



-time: I think that the story plays in the 50’s. I conclude that out of the fact
in the book that says that the river in Coketown is full of red pigment. In this time the
industry isn’t allowed to dump waste products.



-background main characters (social group, ethnic group, family circumstances)



Mr. Gradgrind and Mr. Bounderby are rich men. Mr. Gradgrind worked as intermediate
trader and is the owner of a school now. Mr. Bouderby has a cotton mill.



Genre (detective, ghost story, adventure story, SF, historical story, thriller, love
story)



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
married with the forty years younger daughter of Mr. Gradgrind.



The characters



Give a description:



Mr. Gradgrind: He works as a teacher in Coketown. He is severe and he want only
‘facts’. He has a private school at home for his children.



Mr. Bounderby: He works at a bank and is very rich. Mr Grandgrind’s son works for
him at the bank.



Louisa Gradgrind: She has to learn at her fathers private school. She hates it and when
father isn’t in the classroom she’s talking with het brother. She had to marry
with Mr. Bounderby because father wanted so.



Tom Gradgrind: He also has to learn at the private school. He got a nice job at the
bank because Mr. Grandgrind is a good friend of Mr. Bounderby



Name a character you would like to know: Cecilia , because she seems to me a very
interesting person because of her past.



Name a character you wouldn’t like to meet: Mr Gradgrind, because you aren’t
allowed to do normal things as other children do. You must learn hour after hour, day
after day.



Summary of the story: 150 words



Mr Grandgrind geeft les op school en leert de leerlingen alleen feiten. Hij geeft zijn
kinderen, Louisa en Tomthuis priveles. Cecilia heeft haar vader verloren en Gradgrind
neemt haar in huis waar ze nu ook priveles krijgt. Mr Bounderby, een vriend van Gradgrind,
heeft een katoenweverij in Coketown en werkt op de bank waar ook Tom nu werkt. Gradgrind
vindt dat Louisa de leeftijd heeft gekregen om te trouwen en hij wil dat ze met Bounderby
trouwt. Bounderby en Louisa maken een huwelijksreis en kopen een tweede huis. Louisa gaat
weer bij haar vader wonen omdat ze bij Bounderby ongelukkig is. De bank wordt beroofd en
een werknemer uit de weverij wordt verdacht. Het wordt onderzocht en het blijkt dat Tom
het heeft gedaan. Hij vlucht naar de VS en sterft daar in het ziekenhuis.



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
for the pupils and workers it were hard times.



Think of another suitable title:



I can’t think up for another title because this title refer to almost all the
characters in the story.



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
well described too and I liked that.



What didn’t you like?



I didn’y like the way how Mr. Gradgrind teaches his pupils. He humiliates one
pupil for the whole class.



Does this story remind you of any other story? If so, what story?



The story doesn’t 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 isn’t. There
is much variation in the story. At the time you think it is going to be boring the story
change to an other subject.



Did you learn anything from the story? What?



I haven’t learnt anything from the story, maybe because story is very old.

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