Being so cheap and not wanting to spend anymore money than he has to he only employs one person Bob Cratchit (... ... middle of paper ... ...ery clear that, is you are not kind to people then you will have something bad happen to you in your afterlife. This is proved clear when Marley's ghost appears, and explains to Scrooge that there is "'No rest, no peace. Incessant torture of remorse'" as he when he was living acted just as Scrooge does. Dickens portrays Scrooge in many different but excellent ways and makes you feel a real sense of hatred for him by doing this. By setting the novel in the Victorian era it helps to create an image of the destitute poor and how badly people like Scrooge treat them.
The tale is about a greedy and selfish man called Scrooge. He is totally not interested in celebrating Christmas due to having a unique thinking. During the story, he independently meets three ghost from past, present and future. They tell him the mistakes he has made and he is still making and also if he doesn’t listen to them, he will also have to go through them as well. The ghosts of Christmas past refresh his old memories and what he has lost in his life.
The rich and the poor kept their distances from each other, and both groups looked upon each other with mutual disrespect and loathing. The poor during that time were considered to be inferior of moral character by the rich. The major theme that Dickens wanted to portray was how poverty handicapped everyone except the rich. Employees were being exploited for pennies a day after working a full day’s shift. Food was few and far in between for many families during that time, and Dickens wanted these feelings to be expressed through his literature, in order for the reader to understand the feelings of the lower class.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens In the book ‘ A Christmas Carol’, Dickens describes the poor, how they were treated unfairly and how they were thought as animals rather than human beings. Dickens portrays the rich as ignorant and selfish people that think they are bigger than the world itself. Charles Dickens new a lot about poverty, as his parents were not earning enough money to pay of debts, which meant that Dickens himself had to leave school at the age of 12 to work in a factory. He had a terrible experience; he had felt what it was like to be poor, to have no hope for the future and worked long hours in a dirty factory. Charles dickens used Scrooge to symbolize the minority of the population that are inconsiderate & rich.
Dickens defines society ignorant and unfair towards the cause of poverty at that particular time. He tells us how poor people were hated and looked down upon. Young children had to work in warehouses so that they can support their families: In “A Christmas Carol” he uses the example of Cratchit’s daughter. In 1834, the the Poor Law Amendment Act was passed. The act stated that no able-bodied person was to receive money or other help from the Poor Law authorities except in a workhouse.
Dickens wants people to recognize the mass effect society has on shaping human nature. Dickens, like many characters in his books, had a fair share of miserable, childhood experiences. During the Victorian Era, Dickens was raised in a middle-low class family and had to work in a factory to support his family. Dickens despised factory work because of the “stenches of rotting wood, cement, and blacking corks” (Shephard). He lived the factory life, which allowed him to experience the “pressures of living alone, missing his family, and scrounging for food often had him in tears” (Shephard).
The owners of the factories got very rich and the workers were extremely poor. The desperately poor unemployed people were rounded up and put into an institution called the workhouse. The local authorities (or parish) ran the workhouses extremely cheaply with inmates only getting enough food to keep them alive. Charles Dickens wrote Oliver Twist to try and expose this treatment of the poor to his readers. Oliver Twist was extremely unfortunate to be born into the workhouse and the book charts some of his early life.
Dickens was very concerned with social issues like poverty. At the time when the book was written, there was a very high level of infant mortality, which was made worse by deaths among poor adults, hence the number of orphans. The first meeting with Magwitch is in the churchyard, where Pip is lost in childish absorption grappling with his family’s fate. His state of mind is very unstable when Pip is grabbed violently and the convict threatened to cut his throat if he was to make noise. Pip imagines Magwitch as a pir... ... middle of paper ... ...r. Pip felt, Estella looked down on him because he was poor and not a gentleman.
He introduces many poor children in his books that the reader feels bad for because of their upbringing. This can be seen in Bleak House with the introduction of Jo into the novel. Jo was a poor boy who did everything he could to try and make money. Dickens’ makes the reader feel bad when Jo dies because the he could not help that he was given such a rough life, but he tried his best to survive. The reader also feels bad because he dies at such a young age.
Dickens books are also about the class struggle, cruelty, inequality and injustice. Punishment was harsh such as deportation to do hard labour in Australia for small crimes or public hanging. Books with morals were a good way to criticise the social system and so bring abut a more just system. This was because there were no TV’s, no radios or internet to inform people so the majority read. During Pips early years he and Joe share a relationship based on love and trust, like father and son or two brothers.