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

How Does Dickens Portray Poverty In A Christmas Carol.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How Does Dickens Portray Poverty In A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in October 1843. It was the voice of the poor in London at that period. There was a great divide between the classes, Dickens wrote a Christmas Carol so that his readers could learn about the class divide and the suffering of the poor in London; Dickens shows the contrast very well in A Christmas Carol. Dickens came from a family who experienced debt. Charles' younger years where evidently very hard, although he quoted that himself and his family 'loved Christmas and celebrated it with a smile', even thought he family lived on a low wage. When Dickens started to write A Christmas Carol he often walked the streets of London gathering ideas and looking at the poor people living in their slums. There is no doubt that Dickens' life encouraged him to write A Christmas Carol, his father was thrown in prison for being in debt and Charles had to work at a boot blackening factory on the banks of the Thames. In A Christmas Carol we meet Scrooge 'a tight fisted' and very rich man, who lived life on as little as possible so not to 'waste his well earned money'. In a Christmas carol he is a caricature - the worst possible person anyone could have met. ...read more.

Middle

There are many different classes of people at Fezziewigs party, he treats them all with equality and kindness - Dickens is trying to set the standard for a good boss, "In came the housemaid, with her cousin, the baker. In came the cook, with her brother's particular friend, the milkman. In came the boy from over the way, who was suspected of not having board enough from his master. The way Scrooge reacts shows us that he was one a very happy man; Dickens uses Fezziewig as an ideal. Dickens tells us that all the classes of society are welcome. In Dickens's view Fezziewig is an ideal employer and the antithesis of Scrooge. Dickens wants employers to consider their own actions. The spirit takes Scrooge to see his former love Belle. This former relationship was one that would of effected Scrooge greatly as he grew older however his interests where more for work rather than love. Belle says that she has been replaced by a 'golden idol' Scrooge shows signs of avarice and greed. This suggests that he puts wealth over emotions. The relentless Ghost told him to observe what happened next. When Belle agreed to marry they where both poor adolescents who had the rest of their lives to look forward to, Scrooge does not he his now very rich Belle on the other hand is not. ...read more.

Conclusion

Tiny Tim is dead. This is pathos, Dickens uses Tim's death to make the wealthy of London be aware of the influence they had on people's lives. We are lead to believe that Tim has died due to the lack of medical treatment provided this is because of lack of money. The ghost takes the weeping Scrooge to a cemetery a ghost points to a headstone. Scrooge reluctantly wipes off the frost from the stone with his bear hand. He shakily ran over to the sprit and grabbed his robes shaking them violently. ``Spirit!'' he cried, tight clutching at its robe, ``hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?" Stave five is titled the end of it all" as indeed it is. Dickens shows his readers Scrooge's redemption of his former self "I am as happy as an angel" Dickens shows that anybody can change, he troughs down the challenge to the wealthy. "He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!" By Joshua Charles 10JGM ...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. Explore how Dickens makes his readers aware of poverty in A Christmas Carol.

    In the character of Scrooge, Dickens addresses the issues of the proper roles of money and work in life. In "A Christmas Carol" Ebenezer Scrooge has lost his only friend, his business partner Jacob Marley. Seven years have passed since Marley's death, and Scrooge has not changed a bit.

  2. A Christmas Carol - How does Dickens portray Scrooge?

    Being so cheap and not wanting to spend anymore money than he has to he only employs one person Bob Cratchit (A clerk), the conditions Scrooge makes his employee work in are terrible, as you are told that he tries "to warm himself at the candle".

  1. How relevant do you find the theme of Human Generosity in Dickens' A Christmas ...

    Scrooge is desperate for a chance to change and live a life that could not only prevent Tiny Tim form dying, but also prevent his own life from ending in the way he had seen the other man's to have done.

  2. Examine how dickens uses the supernatural as a vehicle for change in 'A Christmas ...

    He is full of Christmas spirit and he knows what it is like to have a good time and a laugh, he is only haunting Scrooge with good things he has not seen before. The spirit is radiant, full of light for it pours out on to Scrooge, he cannot escape the joyous plentiful atmosphere.

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

    which 'seem to be in spite of the face and beyond its control, rather than part of its own expression'. This shows Scrooge that terrors await him if he does not change. 'Though the Ghost sat perfectly motionless, its hair, and skirts, and tassles, were still agitated' is another example

  2. Aim: How is the theme of redemption explored in A Christmas Carol

    This means that Scrooge is already in a low spirit. Scrooge then passes the yard, which the writer describes as, 'so dark, that even Scrooge who knew its every stone was afraid to grope with his hands,' he then approaches the door of his apartment; there he suddenly comes face to face with Marley.

  1. How Does Dickens Portray Scrooge in the Beginning of "A Christmas Carol"?

    The 1834 Poor Law did institute workhouses to take care of the poor, though the intention was to make them so bad that the poor would not want to be sent to them, which saved parishes money. Dickens' moral message in "A Christmas Carol" is that if you treat others kindly, you yourself will be treated kindly and be happy.

  2. ‘The First Miracle’ by Jeffery Archer, ‘Memories Of Christmas’ by Dylan Thomas and ‘A ...

    are other things in the world and good things about Bethlehem .He doesn't see these things before because his father has told him terrible stories about it and he would rather be back home with all his friends in Rome.

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