Political Elements In 'A Christmas Carol And Rip Van Carolol'

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“It’s All Political” (Ch. 13)
1. Why does nearly all writing contain political elements?

Nearly all writing contains political elements, because an author usually includes the world around them when writing. Authors will embrace society in their writing by showing the political injustices, such as civil rights, power structures, different classes in the society, and many more. When authors bring in what’s going on around them into their writing, they are most likely bringing in political elements as well.
2. What is the political background that can be seen examples such as “A Christmas Carol” and “Rip Van Winkle”?
The political background in “A Christmas Carol” is focused on the belief by a British social thinker, Thomas Malthus, who believes that giving the poor food and basic essential for life will only lead to the creation of more poor people in the society. Scrooge along with the rest of the population at the time thought this way, and that’s why after the “Christmas spirits” took Scrooge on a journey through his past, present, and future, he became a more giving person that wanted to help the poor instead of looking the other way. “Rip Van Winkle” had a political statement considering the monarchy and how like America, a democracy is what is best for the people, because instead of one, ultimate ruler, the people were allowed to govern themselves.
3. Are individualism and self-determination against the needs of society for conformity and stability?
Individualism and self-determination are against the needs of society for conformity and stability, because a society needs people that help out for it to function as a constant, strong society. People acting on their own will only bring down a society, because a society runs on its people contributing to it.

“Yes, She’s a Christ Figure Too” (Ch. 14)
1. Why are there Christ figures?

Christ figures in literature can be used for a number of reasons, such as the author wanting to make a specific point, about the characters sacrifice, their redemption, their hope, and their miracles. The author may also want to use the Christ figure ironically to make the character and their sacrifice look smaller, while making the great sacrifice by Jesus Christ much bigger.

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