In the first stave, Dickens tries to point out that Scrooge is a character that society considers negative. In the introduction, Dickens points out Scrooge’s wealth to immediately aim any point about society not only to average people but in particular to people of Scrooge’s similar wealth, he does this by describing Scrooge as ‘an excellent man of business on the very day of the funeral. We also see Scrooge as a bitter, cold-hearted, tight fisted, greedy man, who despises Christmas and all things which engender happiness. Scrooge has only disgust for the poor, thinking the world would be better off without them, "decreasing the surplus population," and praise for the Victorian era workhouses. He has a particular distaste for the merriment of Christmas, his single act of kindness is to give his clerk, Bob Cratchit, the day off with pay.
Since the poor had no voting rights, the State chose to recognize their existence only when they commited crimes, died, or entered the workhouses. Dickens' Oliver Twist is one sympathetic portrayal among dozens of vicious, stereotypical portrayals of the poor. However, Dickens himself exhibits middle class prejudice. He reproduces the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes in Fagin, the "villainous old Jew." The portrayal of Noah Claypole, the dirty charity boy, reveals some of the stereotypes of the poor that Dickens criticizes.
This means that we too share Pips reservations and suspicions about Magwitch throughout the opening chapters, even though it is clear that this man is scared, lonely and hungry enough to thre... ... middle of paper ... ...me suffering as Magwitch. This belief would probably have evolved after his trial with Compeyson, which taught him that the law could be manipulated by class. This shows that Magwitch did not have many criminal intentions, and that he was tricked by Compeyson. In a sense Dickens is trying to show us how real justice can be hard to find. It is because of his low status and poverty that Magwitch never really had a chance.
It helps us find out that scrooge is a bitter, mean, twisted, moody and selfish old man. The narrator Charles Dickens builds the foundation of our understanding of our knowledge that he is despised by referring to him as “a squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner” that helps us portray that scrooge is tight with his money. Dickens also tells us that he is “External heart and cold had little influence on scrooge” and also that scrooge says “no warmth, and no wintry winter cold chill scrooge.” In general scrooge is described to have poor relations with other people and literally he is a loner, but this is what he wants. Scrooge is known by people as a bitter old man, as when he walks down the street people avoid his wicked ways. In a way it as if scrooge wants to stay alone and he may enjoy being despised by others.
‘A Christmas Carol’ was written to convey Dickens’s social message to the rich. Dickens creates antipathy for scrooge because he wants his readers to dislike scrooge and reject his way of life. Scrooge represented everything Dickens hated in the rich and this dislike is conveyed using Dickens own didactic voice; through the way scrooge behaves towards others; and through the description of scrooges house and home. By using his own didactic voice Dickens directs the readers thoughts. Charles Dickens portrays Scrooge as inhuman and unfeeling.
Ebenezer Scrooge a hard working businessman who was rich enough, but an uncharitable man, unsympathetic to the poor and without a true friend in the world. He hated Christmas. Dickens portrays Scrooge as, “A squeezing, Wrenching, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner!” We can clearly see from this that Scrooge is an unpleasant man who needs to change the errors of his ways, as the lasting impression we are left with is that, he is the worst possible employer there is. We see a true representation of Scrooge’s character, when charity workers visit him. “ I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: t... ... middle of paper ... ...ally emphasises the fact that how if small actions are changed the major differences it can make in people’s lives.
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.
Scrooges transformed from an unpleasant and penny-pinching character to a charitable kind man. The following essay focuses and examines the life of Ebenezer Scrooge, delving into his past, present and supposed future. In the opening of the novel, Scrooge is depicted as a miser who would not even give enough coal to his clerk despite the harsh weather to keep the office warm. His greed is his downfall, because he is so consumed with his money that he neglects people around him. He spends his day counting profits wishing that the whole world would leave him alone.
“I can't afford to make idle people merry" These two quotations refer to poor people; Scrooge did not have any compassion towards these poor people. He called them idle people, which re-enforced his lack of Christian spirit. It also shows that Scrooge is not a true Christian as true Christians give money to charity. Scrooge is angry with poor people for no apparent reason and said that they should die and “Decrease the surplus population" These quotations sh... ... middle of paper ... ... the beginning of the novel. It showed that he had transformed into a kind and loving man.
Pip is constantly feeling guilty and suffering because he is led to believe that his life causes nothing but grief and evil to those around him. Mrs. Joe uses threats of punishment and accusations of ingratitude to keep Pip silent and well-behaved: " 'I tell you what, young fellow,' said she, 'I didn't bring you ... ... middle of paper ... ...London: Macmillan, 1966. Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. New York: Signet Classic, 1961.