- "Girl number twenty" (p.11) - insensitivity conveyed - deaf to the sound of love in a nickname / Calls her "Sissy" (p.243) - shows developments in his ability to love.
- His ability to doubt himself and change is what makes him different from Bounderby
- A defeated and humbled figure of the last chapters - determination to clear Stephen's name
- Consistent in his integrity - although grows less confident yet at the same time more wise / in this respect MrG is contrasted with other politicans
- The name 'Gradgrind' - suggests grinding / by the last chapter he is reformed and is said to no longer grind Faith, Hope and Charity "in his dusty little mills" / perhaps "grad" is meant to represent or suggest 'grade' to reflection obsession with measuring.
- MrG initially used to be mockery of the Victorian Educational system- no real training scheme to be followed
- Dickens' portrayal of MrG is an indictment of the Utilitarian industrial revolution and an attempt to enlighten readers that one cannot, despite all efforts, silence or destroy human nature.