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A Christmas Carol

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Introduction

A secular story of Christmas time in an urban setting, With a Christmas carol in mind, dickens set out to create a process in the minds of the Americans imagination. As a result of the industrial evolution and the growth of the families who were forced from their homes in the country and into the city, a whole new lifestyle for them? And as industrialization continued for many people in the city, working conditions got no better. As this increased, the social concern for reform also did. After the publication of the 'Christmas Carol' the ideas and concerns for many reform bills, sparked and increased debate over political and social issues. Whether or not dickens has a Christmas carol in mind for this, but it is however clear that the 'industrial evolution' has a greater part in making this story a tale for the times. Dickens was concerned with the working conditions of the people who suffered whilst trying to make a living; this is reflected upon the character of Ebenezer scrooge, a ghastly, old and mean owner who is hated by almost everybody, even by his workers. ...read more.

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Even through all this, he still manages to have a Christmas dinner with his family and not let his situation destroy the spirit of Christmas. Bob Cratchit represents the working class that do their best to live on what they get paid and are thankful for their health. While some still argue to this day that dickens motivation for the story came from the lives of the poor and that Christmas was all that they had left. Although there is clear evidence that Dickens looked to religious beliefs and Christian values as a way to keep Christmas sacred and also as a way to respond to the problems society was facing. Dickens writes particular about this in scrooge's experience with his time with Ghost of Christmas future and how dickens responds to different values of Christianity. Just as Jesus speaks of welcoming and caring for children is a way of honoring god, and in the same resemblance for the family of Tiny Tim and how we should care for him and his family, is also a way of honoring god. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another perhaps religious point in dickens story is at the end of the scene with the ghost of the future and scrooge's change of heart and promise to 'honor Christmas and keep it all year', We assume from marleys earlier warning where if scrooge was to change his ways he could in sense 'Sponge away his name from the grave' and start a new life. It is significant that Scrooge promises that "the Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." This is a very indicative statement in Christian values and belief and faith to follow and live by the teachings of the 'Three', God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. When we first meet scrooge we note and observe that he is cold, miserly and bitter. But after the visit from the ghost of Christmas future, Scrooge changed into a generous and cheerful man, it is clear that something must have turned this man who is nice into something nasty and mean, in this case it is the Industrial Evolution. By Thomas Craig Davies, 11LL. ?? ?? ?? ?? Craig Davies A Christmas Carol - Scrooge Essay 14/02/2005 ...read more.

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