A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens Scrooge is represented from the beginning as a miserable old man being described as a "squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, old sinner!" I think this a perfect description of him in one sentence. People know Scrooge well and avoid him, this suites Scrooge because he does not like other people and not a big fan of being sociable. The name 'Scrooge' was created by Dickens and is now well known in the dictionary as someone that is mean, this is basically what Scrooge is in the novel, a symbol of meanness. It is described that the people know Scrooge well and avoid him as much as possible.
Dickens's Victorian middle-class readers were likely to hold opinions on the poor that were only a little less extreme than those expressed by Mr. Bumble, the beadle who treats paupers with great cruelty. In fact, Oliver Twist was criticized for portraying thieves and prostitutes at all. Given the strict morals of Dickens's audience, it may have seemed necessary for him to make Oliver a saintlike figure. Because Oliver appealed to Victorian readers' sentiments, his story may have stood a better chance of effectively challenging their prejudices. Nancy - A major concern of Oliver Twist is the question of whether or not a bad environment can irrevocably poison someone's character and soul.
A Christmas Carol Stave 1: Scrooge’s character is established early in stave 1. Dickens shows his popularity by showing us his relationships with people in his surroundings. We can tell scrooge is unpopular as the narrator portrays him as a “Tight fisted hand at the grindstone.” Scrooges name give us a similarity between the word scrounge what is to be tight with money and every opportunity to make money, this automatically helps us launch an understanding that he is tight with his money, what is necessary to associate him as nasty old man. When the narrator is describing Scrooge he uses words that help us negotiate an opinion that Scrooge is an aggressive and is detested by person. It helps us find out that scrooge is a bitter, mean, twisted, moody and selfish old man.
Chapter five was one ... ... middle of paper ... ...t the lower classes experience. Dickens’ satire and use of irony and humour throughout the novel describes the charitable institutions as places that breed corruption, inhumanity, and alienation. The treatment Oliver received is a prime example of this. In Dickens’ time society’s failure to recognize these problems destroyed the lives of many innocent children. Dickens highlights these problems extremely effectively throughout his novel using various literary techniques such as irony, satire and humour and also uses his characters to represent such corrupt institutions.
If the answer was no then they had to change for the better as no one wants to be that person. Also using the death of tiny Tim of scrooge didn’t help the poor really showed if you gave a little you can save a lot. Dickens really involves the reader through out the novel, which is where the effectiveness is emphasised as it carries the reader through a variety of emotions from sympathy and sadness to joy.
"Please, Sir, can I have some more?" The officials see this as a disgrace, this also shows how Dickens felt about the workhouse officials. To ask for more in Victorian times as a poor child was looked down on and Dickens uses an emphasis on the naivety and innocence of the children to make the reader feel empathy for Oliver. The narrator highlights the hardships of the children throughout the novel. He again uses characternyms to emphasise how the officials are very clumsy 'Bumble.'
This is shown in the quote:” I should have liked to have given him something that’s all,” Dickens uses dialogue and the motif of guilt to portray Scrooges realisation. Earlier on a boy comes up to Scrooge to ask for money but Scrooge refuses. But now he regrets not giving him any money and we see a new developed philanthropic attitude. The words “that’s all,” shows how Scrooge is resistant to appearing emotional as it causes everything that he said before those words to be insignificant as he is guilty that he didn’t realise sooner but refuses to appear weak. The quote “looking about him, after drying his eyes with is cuff,” shows that he is guilty and wishes to change his ways.
In conclusion, I have gathered the impression that utilitarianism was a great part of Victorian society but that does not make it right. It was a corrupt schooling system and was perverted. Dickens uses a variety of devices to share the folly in the novel, but I think that the juxtaposition between Sissy and Bitzer was important and the metaphors and similes emphasised the inadequacies of the system. I think that the Gradgrind Philosophy and utilitarianism had a lot of effect on the next generation because it did not continue it just emphasised the mistake that was made by Jeremy Bentham. If Dickens had not written this novel then we might have still lived in a corrupt environment with clones and no emotion.
Oliver Twist, written by Charles Dickens, is an intense denigration of society’s treatment toward the poor. In this time period depicted, wealth and class ascertained one’s status. This dim-witted but true reality forced many into a predetermined fate as with Oliver. When Oliver is first born, Dickens divulges on how the boy will be addressed: “the orphan of a workhouse—the humble, half-starved drudge—to be cuffed and buffeted through the world—despised by all, and pitied by none” (Dickens 3). Society cringed at the idea of the poor, viewing them as lesser beings.
But he presents these criticisms through the lives of characters, Pip and Magwitch. Social status was important in the mid-nineteenth century. The rich ... ... middle of paper ... ... more in his life but in doing so, changes and becomes a worse person for it. Dickens has conveyed many lessons to the readers one of which is that you can't judge a book by its cover. We know this because in Chapter 1, the readers reactions’ to the appearance of Magwitch is a disgusting, sinful creature, ‘a fearful man’, but in Chapter 39, the reactions are the opposite; we warm to the convict, and see how the convict repays Pip by becoming his benefactor.