Examine the ways in which Dickens presents the character of Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.
The story ‘A Christmas Carol’ was written by Charles Dickens in 1843. Dickens was a very popular writer at the time of ‘A Christmas Carol’ is one of his most famous stories today. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is presented as being a very cruel, selfish and harsh man. However, he changes throughout the novella due to significant events. I think the main message Dickens portrayed within the novella was to be loving and generous around Christmas time particularly to those less fortunate. Many people believe this novella has many influences on the way we celebrate Christmas today and some call Dickens ‘the creator of Christmas.’ At the start of the novella, Scrooge is shown as cold-hearted, greedy and selfish. This is especially shown towards people who celebrate Christmas and also poor people. Scrooge says ‘I can’t afford to make idle people merry… if they would rather die… then they better had do it and decrease the surplus population.’ This is said to charity collectors, showing Scrooge’s selfishness. The word ‘surplus’ suggests that Scrooge considers there to be too many people that are not needed. Also the word ‘idle’ implies that Scrooge was a lazy man who may have refused to put effort in to things he didn’t want to do .During this era, the new poor law was introduced, which meant poor people were sent to the workhouses, conditions in the workhouses were very harsh, and Dickens disapproved of this, making Scrooge appear more evil and bitter as he was supportive of the workhouses. Further on in the novella, Scrooge is approached by the ghost of his former, dead, co-worker, Marley. In Victorian times, ghost stories were a very popular form of entertainment, so this novel would have been very popular because of it’s use of ghosts. This was an advantage as Dickens wanted lots of people to read his novel, so he could spread his message of goodwill. When scrooge is...
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