Parents that put their needs and wants before their child and did not care if they had a good Christmas or not. If that is not selfish than I don’t know what is. It had a big impact on me and I wanted to start giving back to my community. I gave kids a Christmas that their parents could not afford. I went to churches, thrift stores, hospitals and knocked on my neighbors do to pass out toys.
They cannot afford to offer gifts to each other for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, Della finds herself with only one dollar and eighty seven cents, therefore she decides to sell her hair for twenty dollars, and she then buys Jim a chain for his gold watch. Jim also goes out after work and sells his valuable gold watch and buys Della a decorated cone for her hair. Once they discover their gifts are to no use for one another, the narrator concedes that they truly love each other which can be proven by the mutual sacrifices demonstrated for one
This twisted world represents a how blinded we can become by traditions and this can ultimately lead to the loss of great relationships. After Tessie won the lottery, her family and friends turned on her and stoned her to death without having a valid reason to do so. However the event of the lottery resulted in the unity of the town as they helped one another in preparing for the lottery and during the time of the stoning. This tight grasp on tradition can give families and communities a common connection; my family always eats tamales and reads the Christmas story every Christmas Eve. This tradition is an outward act of showing others that we are a family and belong together.
As we know, when Janie had to marry Logan she gets her dreams of a beautiful and happy marriage crushed. All the dreams she had for a happily ever after was washed away with marrying him “She knew now that marriage did not make love. / Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” And earlier we see that she felt he was “was desecrating the pear tree” but did not know how to tell her Nanny, so she just “hunched over and pouted at the floor”. So as tie goes on things go as expected and she meets someone named Jody Startks. And even though he did not meet the standard of her pear tree, he seemed like a better option than what was in her life at the moment.
The trend of deflation intensified. The reason that nobody warned America of deflation was due to false prosperity. The 1920’s were called “the Roaring Twenties”, while mainstream culture at this time supported that it was a time better than anytime before then there were many misconceptions with masses of people at this time (Facts). America was very dependent on production and 42% of people were impoverished. Poverty in 1920’s America was defined by making less than a certain amount of money each year, which was determined by the government (BBC).
She was not given an opportunity to educate herself and had to work for it herself, unlike other kids who had parents. All she received for food and presents were pea soup and dolls in bad condition. Though she got a book, Hans, her foster father, would pay a big load of cigars for it. Frau Holtzapfel’s two sons would die, leaving just Frau Holtzapfel in the world of the living. From these examples we can see that unfairness has been nailed to the philosophy of the book.
For example, the book says this, "What else can I be," returned the uncle, "when I live in such a world of fools as this? Merry Christmas! Out upon merry Christmas! What 's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer; a time for balancing your books and having every item in 'em through a round dozen of months presented dead against you? If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas ' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart.
When Charles wrote A Christmas Carol, he wrote it as a form of protest because he was very bothered with the aspect, healing, and the prosperity of adolescents, continually amid the most defenseless components in the general public. As well as Dickens exclusive comprehensions for writing A Christmas Carol, he felt that he needed to expose the vast rift between higher and lower working classes in Victorian Britain.Dickens cared about changing things around him such as children going to school. In the mid-nineteenth century more than 100,000 youngsters in London never went to any kind of school and the kids that did go to school were in schools that were run by private owners just so they could make a buck or they went to old run-down schools.
He had nothing left and needed to make money somehow. M. Lantin turned to his late wife’s jewelry collection; he knew that it was fake jewelry but he was desperate and was in need of money. He took the jewelry to a jewelry store expecting to receive only a few francs but then he was told he was receiving thousands of francs. M. Lantin was in shock and could not believe that the entire time it was real jewelry and not fake; he became a very wealthy man and resigned from his job, eventually marrying another woman who made his wife miserable. M. Lantin’s first wife had a big impact on his life; however, his selfish actions lead to what he deserved ending up with a wife that made him miserable.
Happiness and Wealth: two words that are both alike and distinct. One without wealth can be happy, one with substantial wealth may not be happy, but one rarely has both. In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, the main character, Pip, suddenly grows wealthy and rises in class; a common Victorian rags to riches story. However, as his capital increases, his character decreases by acting recklessly and being shameful of his modest upbringing. Additionally, Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter, Estella - born wealthy - are spoiled and don’t contribute anything beneficial to society.