How Is Scrooge Presented In A Christmas Carol

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The world of Charles Dickens

"If they would rather die,…they had better do it and decrease the surplus population." - Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

This is a quote from the book A Christmas Carol, said by a character named Scrooge. Scrooge

was the main character and was created by Charles Dickens to basically portray what most

people during that time thought of the poor and unfortunate people. Scrooge doesn’t think

twice about the poor and unfortunate, and frankly doesn’t care, but one Christmas eve night

the ghost of Christmas past, present, and future come to visit him and completely changes his

mind on the poor and unfortunate and he ends up helping them. This is just one of many

examples of how Charles Dickens shows love and compassion through
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He sold all of his books extremely cheap so everyone could buy and read them,

rich or poor, and also published them in America. In 1836 he began to publish The posthumous

papers of the Pickwick club which became one of the most popular works of the time. In 1842 he

went on a five-month lecture tour of the united states. When he got back he wrote American

Notes, a book that criticizes American life as being culturally backward and materialistic. Charles

Dickens compassion for the poor was strong but for the working poor especially because the working

poor were the kind of people he thought were truly good and deserving. He wrote books about the

working poor hoping people would read and help them. He was sent to work in a factory

when he was a child which really contributed to his books about child labor and the poor.

People called him the spokesman of the poor. He was against children in factory 's therefore we

will be talking about that in the next paragraph.

Factory life was hard for people who worked there. Britain was the first country in the world

to have a large number of factories. The cotton and wool industries employed thousands of
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