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The nineteenth century saw rapid development and reform throughout all of the country; with the Industrial Revolution transforming life in Britain. For working class women life was an endless battle of passivity and labour; as soon as they were old enough they worked on farms, in factories or as servants to the middle classes (Lambert, 2009). For women generally, life has been oppressive; always overshadowed by the male sex who were believed dominant leaders. At a Victorian home, the male was head of their family; his wife and children admired him and obeyed him without question. This critical analysis of two nineteenth century novels - Hard Times by Charles Dickens and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, will talk about the representation of the two female protagonists from the context of the Victorian period and question if they do really portray an endless battle for independence and survival. When considering representation, the manners in which the authors choose to depict their characters can have a fantastic effect on their accessibility. A company character foundation is the basis for any believable novel. It's arguable that for an allegorical novel - where Hard Times requires its construction, Dickens uses a remarkably complex personality basis. The characters in Hard Times combine both the simplistic characteristics of a character designed for allegorical purposes, in addition to the concise qualities of 'real' people (McLucas, 1995). These characters are depicted to believe and feel like we as readers do and respond to their situations in the same way that almost all of people would. Such characteristics are what give the characters life and permit us to relate to their decisions. In Hard Times Charles Dickens portrays Louisa Gradgrind...