• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How Accurate A Description is Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Of Victorian Working Class Society?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

01.07.2003 - How Accurate A Description is Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol Of Victorian Working Class Society? The book 'A Christmas Carol' is based on the experiences one Christmas of a lonely, miserable but wealthy man named Scrooge. In the book Dickens' writes a story about Scrooge but within the story highlights different aspects of family and working life for the Victorian working classes in the city. At that time there were no services to support the poor and the rich were often asked to contribute to their well being. Scrooge was very mean and, ''No poor people asked him for a penny.'' During the book two gentlemen ask him for some money to help the poor. ...read more.

Middle

Scrooge's clerk, Bob Cratchit, worked for 364 days a year only getting one day off for Christmas. This shows the extent to which working class people needed work. Scrooge constantly reminded Bob Cratchit that he was lucky to be in work even though he earned less than one pound a week. Conditions were poor for Scrooge's employees. Martha Cratchit also worked very long hours. She arrives at the Cratchit house on Christmas Day and says, ''We had a great deal of work to finish in the shop last night and we had to clear things away this morning'' Dickens' description of the Cratchit family Christmas provides some evidence about their way of life, for example, ''Mrs Cratchit dressed in her best clothes which she kept carefully from year to year....'' ...read more.

Conclusion

''On the floor there were old keys, nails, chains and broken iron things of all kinds.'' Dickens' uses this description within the context of the story when a washerwoman and a cleaner woman bring some of Scrooge's possessions to sell. I think Dickens' portrayal of life for the Victorian working class was accurate and seems to be written from personal experience. The book covers the lengths that some people went to to earn a few extra pounds. It went to the extent of selling a deceased love one or relative's clothes and even curtains from their room. However the families are strong and loving and always seem to try and make the best out of the situation and appreciate what little they had, where as the richer members of society took things for granted, and in Scrooges case was lonely. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE A Christmas Carol section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE A Christmas Carol essays

  1. How is A Christmas Carol a critique of Victorian Society?

    they had smelt the goose .... And basking in the luxurious thoughts of sage and onion': Even though they may not be getting the most luxurious meal in the world , They are still happy and grateful. I think Dickens shows their joy and thankfulness and they are not taking it for granted, even on Christmas day.

  2. A Christmas carol by Charles Dickens-what do we learn about the conditions of the ...

    Also, Scrooge's approach regarding the underprivileged at the start of the novel is very negative as he describes them as 'idle' and follows the Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest that people who try hard can be honoured whereas people who don't try hard won't be honoured.

  1. A Christmas Carol - Marley's Ghost.

    His face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and avarice. There was an eager, greedy, restless motion in the eye, which showed the passion that had taken root, and where the shadow of the growing tree would fall.

  2. The novel 'A Christmas Carol', by Charles

    The spirit tells him that Tiny Tim will die if the Cratchits situation remains the same in the future. This is saying that society will fall apart if the current situation does not change. When Scrooge accompanies the spirit to the graveyard he starts to get a sneaking suspicion why they are there.

  1. What have you learnt about Victorian society from your reading of Dickenss novel A ...

    The homes of the poor were equipped with open fireplaces for heat and cooking but not with ovens. So many people, who lived like this, like the Cratchits, took their Christmas goose or turkey to the baker's shop. Bakers were forbidden to open their bakeries on Sundays and holidays but

  2. A Christmas Carol Assignment - Charles Dickens

    The spectre is trying to teach Scrooge too. In John's gospel is written 'Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.'

  1. How does Dickens Present the Issue of Children in Victorian society?

    The boarding schools were very unpleasant places; they were lonely and very strict! Parents would send their children to them to get them out of the way until they were old enough to work; children were treated very badly in Dickens' time.

  2. How in A Christmas Carol does Dickens reveal the social conditions of the time?How ...

    Scrooge wanted to make his clerk, Bob Cratchit, work on Christmas Day but as Cratchit asked him he could not refuse. "A poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every twenty-fifth of December! But I suppose you must have the whole day.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work