Charles Dickens: Carrying a Burden of Social Responsibility

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Charles Dickens: Carrying a Burden of Social Responsibility
Charles Dickens’ classic novella A Christmas Carol, focuses on the social responsibility of the wealthy to help the poor and less fortunate. Dickens, having lived in poverty as a child, knew of the many struggles of the lower class of London. As an author, he made it his goal to reform England as best he could. Many of his works ran in his weekly journal, Household Words, including "Christmas Stories" and Great Expectations. In a Christmas Carol, Dickens stresses the point that the writers of that time carried a special burden to speak out for those who lived in poverty and couldn't speak out for themselves.

Dickens published A Christmas Carol in 1843. He had published numerous novels and stories prior to this. But all of his writings seemed to have a common theme. He wanted people to be aware of the poor and the need for a social reform. "Although Dickens was now a very successful novelist, he continued to be interested in social reform." (“Charles Dickens: Biography”). Dickens also published Household Word from 1850-1859. This publication again focused on "reform and improvements in the education of the poor." (“Charles Dickens: Biography”). Dickens was one of the best novelist of all time. But he was even better of getting his point across through his writings and making people aware of the world around them.

Ebenezer Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol, is the exact opposite of Charles Dickens. At least at the start of the story. He was a wealthy man who did not care about anyone but himself. He was a very stubborn old man who didn't want anything to do with anybody but himself. Two men approached Scrooge and informed him that many of the poor would rather die, Scrooge replied, "If they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population." (Dickens- 13) Unlike Dickens, Scrooge did not care at all about the poor and wanted no part in trying to help them or try to push...
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