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Hard Times, by Charles Dickens, is a portrayal of times during the Industrial Revolution.
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This is not an example of the work produced by our Essay Writing Service.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).At the end of the chapter it seems Gradgrind slams a door on Cecilia’s mind telling her ‘you are never to fancy’ and lectures his students on the importance of ‘facts, facts, facts’ but if I am not mistaken this translates to ‘Men, Men, Men’.Sissy is an emotional girl, represented in her blushing blood filled cheeks, does not confine in Gradgrinds fact/men only perspective.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.He is portrayed as a rigid man, largely with Dickens comical interpretation of the man’s appearance; “square coat, square legs, square shoulders,” Gradgrind is a strong product of utilitarianism; a strong belief in facts and numbers, common in the nineteenth century.Utilitarianism followers believed only things with a clear function are worth having, no beauty, no decorations, and certainly no flowers on the carpet.Cecilia Jupe embodies and epitomises the Victorian femininity that regulates mechanization and engineering.During the first chapter Sissy or ‘girl number twenty’ is largely portrayed as the incapable girl, who believes that flowers should be cast upon the floor, much to her alter ego’s, Mr Gradgrind’s disgust.