Blog 4 Week 6

Creative- Write a letter to Mr Gradgrind telling him what you think about the way he treated his own daughter, particularly with reference to the marriage arrangements he has created.

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Dear Mr Gradgrind,

I am not a parent myself, but I know that one day when I have children of my own, I will not be treating them the way that you have treated your children specifically your oldest daughter Louisa. A father-daughter relationship should be based on sensitivity, compassion, understanding and love but your utilitarian values have prevented this type of relationship with your daughter, and that is something to be mourned. Louisa has been brought up in a cold, rigid environment, an environment that forbids the development of imagination, an environment deprived of joy and childhood adventure, an environment where human emotion is suppressed. Put simply, she has been robbed of her childhood and as a consequence, she has become silent and detached. Because of your strict utilitarian upbringing, she is cold and lacks the common human ability to be able to express emotions.

I want to focus on the marriage arrangement you have formulated between Louisa and Mr Bounderby. You explained to Louisa that she should consider this agreement like she would consider any other fact and used statistics to justify the age difference. However, not once in your arrangement did you give thought to the fundamental basis of marriage ‘love.’ Mr Bounderby is an obnoxious, snobby, social climbing capitalist and in his eyes, Louisa is an object who will help build his status. As a father, you should want what is best for your daughter, but your monotonous way of living and obsession with facts has blinded you to the fact that this marriage arrangement is the worst thing for your daughter. Furthermore, I urge you to reconsider this marriage arrangement and your way of living.

Yours Sincerely, Alina Goro


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