Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol Essay

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Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol

‘A Christmas Carol’ written by Charles Dickens tells the story of a
man named Ebenezer Scrooge who is taught the true meaning of Christmas
and is shown the errors of his ways. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was published
in 1843, this was a time of social and political unrest. Dickens
motivation for writing this story was to encourage employers to treat
workers well, he uses the Christmas Carol to portray this message.

Charles Dickens felt strongly about the working conditions and poverty
that many people endured. He wanted to encourage employers to treat
their workers well. At the time that ‘A Christmas carol’ was
published, the Chartists were agitating for better pay and conditions,
and the poor where placed in workhouses. Another problem for the poor
people was that the legal system treated them unjustly and it was
clear that it favoured the rich. Dickens wanted to make people realise
that by changing their ways they could make life better not just for
their selves but for the less fortunate.

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:
they cost enough and those who are badly off must go there.” Although
Scrooge allows his clerk to have Christmas day off we see how poorly
he treats his workers, as there is a discussion for him to have the
day off “ But I suppose you must have the whole day. Be here all the
earlier next morning!”

Another description of Scrooge is shown by the weather, “no warmth
could warm, nor wintry weather chill him.” Also the weather reflects
Scrooges personality, “the fog and the darkness thickened,” this shows
a dim and dark view in to Scrooge’s sombre, character.

Scrooge lives in a gloomy suite of rooms, which is so old and dreary
that Scrooge is the only one who lives there. This is where Scrooge
encountered Marley, on Christmas Eve seven years to the date when he
passed away. Marley firsts appears on the door where the knocker
sits, “but looked at scrooge as Marley used to look: with ghostly
spectacles turned up upon is ghostly forehead. Scrooge is not an
easily frightened man, but from the sight of the ghostly face, he
becomes slightly unnerved, and double looks himself in as an attempt
to dismiss the ghostly face. “I won’t believe it,” once again is
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