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Hard Times

Hard Times 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 the characters helps the reader understand the characters social class or standing. The Story is set in a town called Coketown, a town that has been transformed by the Industrial Revolution. In Hard Times, Dickens portrays women as an influential power over men through emotions and love as a strength rather than weakness. Dickens also, throughout the book, wants to transform the men into more compassionate and caring people. Throughout the book Hard Times, Charles Dickens grants the women influential power over men. Women’s Emotions can, at times, be very influential over men. Dickens illustrates through a cold-hearted main character, Thomas Gradgrind, is in the beginning of the book. But as the book proceeds, it is evident that Thomas Grad rings, is becoming more compassionate to women as well as more understating of their position in life. For example: “ ‘Girl numb...

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