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Analysis a Christmas Carol

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Discuss how dickens uses “A Christmas Carol,” and the character of scrooge to promote a more caring, less selfish society.

In the 19th century, the poor people faced a very atrocious and frightful life in London. They starved if they had no jobs and had nowhere to live except for streets which were filthy and filled with crime. There was a poor law, as there weren’t even state benefits and if someone couldn’t pay the rent for the room they were given to stay in they were moved to union workhouses or prisons, which they unfortunately died in. Dickens uses these them of poor and rich in his novel through the character of scrooge to show people are just for the greed of money and how they can change, which puts quite a truthful moral to this novel.

Our first impression of scrooge shows us that he is grasping and covetous, rich but penny pinching, selfish and ignorant; warning all human sympathy to keep its distance. He has a poor attitude towards the poor and thinks Christmas is stupid as well as a waste of money and time. “What’s Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money? A time for finding yourself a year older, and not an hour richer.” This indicates to us that he has no sympathy for the poor he thinks they put up an act at this time of the year just to make money also he frustrated by this whole concept of Christmas as he can’t make money because everyone is busy with their family and he thinks its stupid. His nephew comes to invite him over for dinner and he totally ignores what his nephew is saying, “I want nothing from you; I ask nothing of you; why cannot we be friends?” “Good afternoon,” said scrooge.

We can see that he is very selfish and don’t care about anyone and doesn’t want to waste his time celebrating as he could be making money at this time instead of wasting it, which makes him very greedy and shows us he has no heart. He also suggests for them to go to the union workhouses as he already knows many die there, “The...

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