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by Charles Dickens

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Discuss Dickensian representation of women characters with special reference to his novel Hard Times.

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It is interesting that while female characters in other Dickens novels such as Lucie Manette in A Tale of Two Cities or Agnes in David Copperfield represent the idealised view of women in the imagination of Dickens, in Hard Times the characters who best represent this view is Cecilia Jupe and Rachel, with Louisa Gradgrind and Mrs. Sparsit presenting incomplete notions of womanhood.

Sissy Jupe, in spite of her lack of educational achievements (from Gradgrind's point of view) shows herself to be...

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