A Lack of Charity

analytical Essay
1704 words
1704 words

In Charles Dickens’s books, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, the theme of lack of charity is pronounced. Throughout Oliver Twist, society turns a “cold shoulder” to those in need of help (Miller 30). The Victorian England society prohibits inhabitants of the lower social realms from moving up in society. Rarely do lower class members receive attention, and the attention they do receive is far from par (Reeves). Ebenezer Scrooge, the main character of A Christmas Carol, learns to be charitable through a lesson on the true meaning of Christmas. At the beginning of the book, Scrooge is a grumpy old mad, who only cares about himself, but on Christmas Eve, his visions of ghosts turn his life around (Boan). As a child, Dickens becomes a subject to poverty. When Dickens is twelve years of age, he is sent to work at a warehouse. He is forced to live away from his family for months while his father is in debtors’ prison. Dickens’s life and experiences are his sole inspiration in advocating for the poor ("Charles John Huffam Dickens”). Charles Dickens is responsible for plenty of charitable acts in his lifetime. His books depict his character and his love for people. He is able to sympathize with people struck with poverty because he deals with the same situation in his life. Later in Dickens life, he is gifted with wealth, but never keeps much of the money. He is forced to pay alimony and gives the rest away (Orwell). Oliver Twist is a parody to the Victorian lifestyle. The upper classes do not care about the lower classes because their main concern is money. At this time in British history, laissez-faire capitalist beliefs dominate people’s political views. According to George Orwell, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “…refused to re... ... middle of paper ... ...erary Reference Center. EBSCOhost, n.d. 16 Apr 2011. Miller, J. Hillis. “The Dark World of Oliver Twist.” Modern Critical Views of Charles Dickens. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987. 29-69. NLT Study Bible. Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2008. Orwell, George. “Charles Dickens.” George Orwell: Charles Dickens., 11 Dec 2004. 16 Apr 2011. Reeves, Bruce D. “Oliver Twist.” Literary Reference Center. EBSCOhost, n.d. 14 Apr 2011.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the theme of lack of charity is pronounced in charles dickens's books, oliver twist and a christmas carol.
  • Analyzes how dickens' life and experiences are his sole inspiration in advocating for the poor. he sympathizes with people struck with poverty because he deals with the same situation in his life.
  • Analyzes how oliver twist is a parody to the victorian lifestyle. the upper classes don't care about the lower classes because their main concern is money.
  • Analyzes how oliver runs away to find security with a man named fagin, who controls gangs of pickpockets and keeps the boys trapped.
  • Opines that a regard for number one holds us all together and must do so, unless we would all go to pieces in company.
  • Analyzes how fagin's gang appears harmless and the members seem to be enjoying themselves, but the group’s adhesive is their belief that each member should always look out for himself.
  • Analyzes how dickens manipulates mr. bumble's words to destroy the entire principle of the so-called charity in oliver twist.
  • Analyzes how the opening events of a christmas carol demonstrate ebenezer scrooge’s original thoughts on charity.
  • Analyzes how scrooge is the perfect example for the new capitalistic mindset brought on by the industrial revolution. he enjoys capitalisms and applies the concept to every aspect of his life.
  • Analyzes how scrooge doesn't like christmas one bit, not because of the christian values of christmas, but because christmas takes away from business.
  • Analyzes how the ghost of christmas yet-to-come delivers scrooge to witness his own death, and he is filled with compassion for bob and his family.
  • Opines that scrooge was better than his word. he did it all, and infinitely more. tiny tim, who did not die, was a second father.
  • Analyzes how dickens demonstrates the corruption of the victorian society because of a lust for money in both oliver twist and a christmas carol.
  • Cites boan, devon's "a christmas carol." literary reference center, ebscohost.
  • Describes dickens, oliver twist, and goldstein's "a christmas carol."
  • Analyzes how miller, j. hillis, and reeves, bruce d. “oliver twist.” literary reference center.
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