Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, is a portrayal of times during the Industrial Revolution. Dickens is a famous writer who wrote many celebrated works such as Great Expectations and David Copperfield. Charles Dickens describes in great detail how the Industrial Revolution has changed the lives of the people of the period of time. “In Hard Times, Dickens gives his vision of how Utilitarianism affected factory life, by describing labor relations, and how it affected education, by portraying a model school. In a factory, Utilitarianism views the workers as units of labor, “Hands” from whom the maximum work must be extracted at the minimum cost. In a Utilitarian school, pupils are viewed as “Vessels” to be filled with the maximum number of facts at the minimum outlay of expense. The same man might own both the mill and the school, as Dickens”(page 9, introduction). All the students attend a school know as model school. From early childhood the students are taught the disregard feelings and thinking for facts and knowledge. Dickens portrayal of
Women"tms Emotions can, at times, be very influential over men. "Father, chance has threw into my way a new acquaintance; a man such as I have had no experience of; used to the world ; light, polished ,easy; making no pretences; avowing the low estimate of everything, that I don"tmt know how or by what degrees, that he understood me, and read my thoughts. Sissy has a major effect on the lives of the Gradgrinds. The whole novel is well put together and showing how the Industrial Revolution, played a major part in everyday lives, both social and as in the home. Gradgrind, squarely pointing with his square forefinger, "I don"tmt know that girl. "tm" (Page 216)Although Louisa is in a unfavorable situation, she has looked within her heart and found a hidden world. I could not find that he was worse that i. Outside of everything and all the social thoughts. Throughout the book Hard Times, Charles Dickens grants the women influential power over men. This example also portrays class distinction because it illustrates the difference between the relationships that the working class people, or the "Hands", Have within their family in comparison to the relationship that is evident within Mr. " (Page 15)This example portrays how unkind and basically rude Mr. The Story is set in a town called Coketown, a town that has been transformed by the Industrial Revolution. Dickens also, throughout the book, wants to transform the men into more compassionate and caring people.