Industrial Revolution In A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol is a book written by Charles Dickens that was set in 1843. The novella is about a man by the name of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is known for his miserable antics. On Christmas Eve, the spirit of his old coworker, Jacob Marley, and three other spirits visit Scrooge. The spirit’s purpose is to show scrooge why his life is shaped the way it is, the people he has or has not affected, how he could live his life, and what his life could end up looking like. Although Scrooge is meant to represent greed he also has many factors surrounding him or in him that are similar to the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution was a time when people stopped relying on agriculture but instead relayed on machines. Charles dickens makes sure …show more content…

An example of victims during the industrial revolution was the younger generation. A lot of the younger generation was composed out of orphans. In the article Child victims of the Industrial revolution written by Erika Zimmer, the author uses children’s literature to relate to real life situations that put many young lives in danger. The author describes jobs that were fit for young children that put them in risk, she also described transportation skills that the lower class were offered but were also dangerous. In another article called Cruel and Unusual; Prisons and Prisons Reforms by Jack Lynch. The author described the prisons as “the first public buildings erected in the new world” which made them very broad and overcrowded. The author makes sure to point out that simple crimes were suffered severely. The lower class were put in jail for being in debt; families were put together in one cell. Families were often there for a lifetime waiting to be out of debt, or until death. Although Scrooge did not represent those in these situations exactly, he did however have many people surrounding him that suffered extremely. Many of those people were in distress because of his action. For example Bob Charlet, his employee had to keep his family of eight well feed with a small amount of money. When a man comes in and asks his help to provide many people with necessities during Christmas time, Scrooge answers with a rude

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