Treatment Of The Poor In A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens

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In the modern world today, people find their own ways to protest things that they are upset with. In Victorian England, Charles Dickens protested against many aspects of Victorian life in his book, A Christmas Carol. One example of Victorian life Dickens criticized was the treatment of the poor. Another aspect Dickens protested was the attitude of the rich, and how the rich forsake the poor. One final characteristic of Victorian life that Dickens attacked was working conditions for everyone. Many aspects of Victorian life made Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, protest against the things he felt wrong with the world. Treatment of the poor was one feature that Dickens protested in Victorian England. For instance, “The room became…show more content…
This can be seen in, “There was a boy singing a Christmas Carol at my door last night. I should have liked to give him something”(Dickens 28). Scrooge and other wealthy people walk right past those in need, even when they have enough money. To demonstrate, “I can’t afford to make idle people merry”(Dickens 2). Scrooge doesn’t want to donate money even though he has enough money. Other wealthy people are also stingy and won’t use or give money. Belle is being replaced by Scrooge’s aspiring obsession for gold and wealth. Consequently, Scrooge is so obsessed with money that he causes his ‘bride’ to break off their engagement. Other people in England were also obsessed with becoming wealthy and lived alone. Another example is when Scrooge is talking to the Ghost of Christmas Future about his fate and how he might be able to change it. If Scrooge and other stingy people change, they can change their fates and how they can stop their inevitable deaths. Dickens was interesting in changing Victorian England in many ways, including the attitude of the rich towards the…show more content…
For example, “He had the power to render us happy or unhappy, to make our service light or burdensome , a pleasure or a toil… The happiness he gives is quite as great as if it cost a fortune”(Dickens 33). Fezziwig and other employers held the power over their employees so that their work could be easy or hard, and about how happy they were. Another instance is, “He couldn’t replenish it, for Scrooge kept the coal-box in his own room”(Dickens 3). Scrooge’s employee, who was a poor person, couldn’t get more coal in his freezing working conditions because Scrooge kept the coal in his room. Other employers also deprived their employees of warmth and other forms of comfort. In yet another case, Scrooge’s clerk, Bob Cratchit, works in a tiny, almost tank-like space. Scrooge and other business owners make their employees work for little and in poor conditions and spaces. And one of the best reasons, Scrooge tells Cratchit he is going to raise his salary and make it imperative to help his struggling family. Cratchit’s working conditions are becoming more adequate and how they should be in Victorian England. Out of many aspects of Victorian life Dickens protested, working conditions were one of the most important. In his book, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens has protested many aspects of Victorian life. One such aspect in Victorian England is the treatment of the poor. Another aspect Dickens protested was
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