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CLIP 6443

Charles Dickens - 'Hard Times' (extract)

Charles Dickens - 'Hard Times' (extract)
Key Info
  • Charles Dickens - 'Hard Times' (extract)
  • Duration: 07:38
  • A dramatisation of the famous Gradgrind 'Facts facts facts' scene from Dickens' 'Hard Times' is interspersed with extracts from the text displayed on screen as they are spoken. We focus on Gradgrind himself, then Cissy Jupe and briefly on Bitzer, who can provide a definition of a horse that is satisfactory to Gradgrind.
  • Subject:



    Fiction Pre 1900: United Kingdom

  • Keywords: Dickens, Hard Times, Gradgrind, Victorian, school, facts, character, vocabulary, metaphor, imagery, description, powerful texts, PowerfulTexts
Ideas for use in class
  • This would be useful if studying 'Hard Times' or any Dickens novel, but also as a way of looking at character description and the way it can be built up. The extract would also be useful as a way of examining interesting vocabulary and the use of imagery. Could be used alongside clips 6441, 6442 and 6444.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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