Ignorance In A Christmas Carol

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Write a short analysis on the use of Ignorance and Want in the novel A Christmas Carol. What is Dickens’ message to society and how does he use language to convey this? Dickens personifies the abstract concepts of ignorance and want through a harrowing description of two children. Firstly, Scrooge is not able to tell if it is a foot or claw sticking out of the ghost’s robe. By likening the appendage to a claw, Dickens is suggesting that the children are barely human, instead their poverty has made them more like animals. This idea is furthered by the use of the adjectives ‘wolfish’ to describe the children. Wolves are often associated with evil in stories and the idea of evil is intensified by the metaphor ‘devils lurked’. It was
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