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

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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.

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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.

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''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.

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