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by Charles Dickens

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In Hard Times, how does the girl Sissy's physical appearance differ from the boy Bitzer's?

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The answer to this question comes in Chapter 2 of this great novel, entitled "Murdering the Innocents," which describes the Gradgrind philosophy and process of education and its emphasis on fact. What is important to notice is how in a sense both Sissy and Bitzer function as symbols in the novel. Sissy represents the power of creativity, emotions and the imagination, which prevail even under Gradgrind's best efforts to stunt her by focussing on facts alone, whereas Bitzer is a true success story in the novel - he has been formed by Gradgrinds utilitarian philosophy and is completely...

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