Essay A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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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
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He sees his lack of providing for the family has caused the death-to-be for Tiny
Tim, as he has done nothing to stop it, therefore he is part responsible. Seeing how the Cratchit's live makes Scrooge realize that he has caused poverty and that he is also the reason Tiny Tim could die. Scrooge reluctantly allows his clerk, Bob Cratchit, to take the Christmas day as a paid holiday. For Scrooge the idea of paying a man not to work seems an insult, and Christmas represents nothing but an "excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of
December." In the first stave, Bob Cratchit asked to have Christmas day off and Scrooge wasn’t too pleased with the idea but compromised and said, ‘ but I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the earlier next morning.’

Scrooge has a young nephew called Fred who was introduced into the novel in a joyful manner, which was soon changed by Scrooge. Fred was extremely merry as it was Christmas and tried to share his joy with his uncle, but did not happen, ‘A merry Christmas, uncle!’ scrooge replied. ‘ Bah! Humbug!’ Scrooge wonders how someone so poor, Fred, could be so happy, ‘ what reason have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.’ Scrooge and Fred were both at it, but Fred did not get angry once and still wished Scrooge a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

As soon as Fred left, two ‘portly gentlemen’ walked in. These two men were charity workers that go around the town
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