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an alaysis of the character Bitzer from Charles Dickens' novel Hard Times.

Lexi Orphanos

on 14 September 2012

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Bitzer By Marjorie Dwyer, Kyle Flannery, Lexi Orphanos, Hannah Shaevitz & Bayley VanDusen
A Period English Mannerisms Youth Adulthood "Bitzer, after rapidly blinking at Thomas Gradgrind with both eyes at once, and so catching the light upon his quivering ends of lashes that they looked like the antennae of busy insects, put his knuckles to his freckled forehead" (12). "He made a pretense of arranging the rulers, inkstands and so forth, while that lady went on with her tea" (116). Bitzer "knuckled his forehead" (117) 3 times in one conversation with Mrs. Sparsit. Young Bitzer as a... Student Teacher Person http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2254/2228142131_57114357e1.jpg "I asked her if she would know how to define a horse to-morrow, and offerred to tell her again, and she ran away, and I ran after her" (31), all the while making "cruel faces"(31). "The horse-riders never mind what they say" (31). "The boy was so light-eyed and light-haired that the self-same rays appeared to draw out of him what little colour he ever possessed" (11) "His skin was so unwholesomely deficient in the natural tinge, that he looked as though, if he were cut, he would bleed white" (12). "Quadruped. Graminivorous. Forty teeth, namely, twenty four grinders, four eye teeth, and twelve incisive. Sheds coat in the spring; in marshy countries, sheds hoofs, too. Hoofs hard, but requiring to be shod with iron. Age known by marks in mouth." (book 1, ch. 2, pg. 12) At the end of the story... Irony Beliefs Adult Bitzer's... Career Lifestyle Beliefs "'Bitzer,' said Mr. Gradgrind, broken down and miserably submissive to him, 'have you a heart?''
'The circulation sir,' returned Bitzer, smiling at the oddity of the question, 'couldn't be carried without one. No man, sir, acquainted with the facts established by Harvey relating to the circulation of the blood can doubt that i have a heart.'"(book 3, ch. 6, pg.275) "You seem to think that i have some animosity against young Mr. Tom, where as I have none at all. I am only going, on the reasonable grounds I have mentioned, to take him back to Coketown. If he was to resist, I should set up the cry of stop theif"(Book 3, Ch. 8, pg. 276-277) "He held the respectable office of general spy and informer in the establishment" (pg 116, chapter 1, book 2) "What you must always appeal to, is a person's self-interest. It's your only hold" (pg 275-6, chapter 8, book 3) "I don't want recreations. I never did, and I never shall" (pg 118, chapter 1, book 2). "I don't want a wife and family. Why should they?" (pg 118, chapter 1, book 2). "An extremely clear-headed, cautious, prudent young man, who was safe to rise in the world" (pg 116, chapter 1, book 2). "His mind was so exactly regulated, that he had no affections of passions" (pg 116, chapter 1, book 2). What's the importance?
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