Poverty In A Christmas Carol

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“Christmas is a poor excuse every 25th of December to pick a man’s pocket.”

-Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol From the words of Ebenezer Scrooge, one can see the greed of the rich. The book, A Christmas Carol, showcased the plight of the poor for people in Victorian England. Dickens himself grew up poor, so he wanted to make sure other people did not have to face the same challenges as him. He wanted to give other people a chance at a better life. The world of Charles Dickens is best understood through his own life, industrialized London, and scriptures regarding the poor.

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, to a poor family (Biography).
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God wants His followers to help the poor, to give and not receive. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.” –Charles Dickens. God commands us to be friendly to everyone, even our enemies. Orphans and widows need to be looked after too. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” –James 1:27. God loves the poor and the rich the same. He calls upon us to defend the poor and help them. “Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” –Proverbs 31:9. The poor in spirit will have the Kingdom of Heaven. “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 5:3. In the time of Charles Dickens, many people did not care about the poor. (History) The poor were treated badly, and Charles Dickens knew that. (History) He raised awareness for the poor through his books and spoke out against poverty. He gave some of the poor a home. “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” –Charles Dickens. (History) He helped the poor and set an example for other people by giving to the poor. An interview in 1851 with a street seller named Henry Mayhew told London that some of the poor thought of him as the champion of the poor. Charles Dickens’s work about the poor teaches us to have compassion for the
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