Thus, Cissy Jupe is not Cissy Jupe, but “Girl number twenty,” a label that rigidly defines her as a commodity.
Even the town bureaucrats are subjected to their method of numerical labeling – bodies number one through four all agree that no one should wonder (41-42).
Underlying the novel’s argument is the Aristotelian concept that the primary purpose of government is to A man of realities. Gradgrind knows “there is something – not an ology at all that [Gradgrind] has missed or forgotten” (152).
A man of facts and calculations…With a rule and a pair of scales, and the multiplication table always in his pocket, sir, ready to weigh and measure any parcel of human nature, and tell you exactly what it comes to. In her essay “The Literary Imagination in Public Life” Martha C. Gradgrind’s political-economic philosophy is the acknowledgment of life’s qualitative dimension (431).
Exchanging the qualitative for the quantitative, the economic utilitarian measures life in statistical terms.
Utilitarianism forbids the concept of human complexity to enter its fundamentally formulaic approach to life.
[tags: Hard Times, Charles Dickens] - Hard Times by Charles Dickens is a book that dives into the world of Coketown, a fictional town that has a lot of interesting characters. Boundarby boasting about his rise to riches; the novel will keep you wanting more.
Each character gives you a unique perspective towards any situation that happens in the book. With that said, Hard Times makes you feel different emotions.
Charles Dickens' Hard Times Charles Dickens’s novel Hard Times critiques the use of extreme utilitarianism as an acceptable means to governing a society in which citizens are able to lead happy, productive, flourishing lives.
“Just the facts,”19th century English utilitarianism argued, are all one needs to flourish.