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How does Dickens reflect the importance of the classes in his time?

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A Christmas Carol Focus: How does Dickens reflect the importance of the classes in his time? A Christmas Carol is a timeless classic, written by Charles Dickens. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an extremely wealthy, and tight-fisted, businessman. He was a partner in a firm, with his only friend Marley. Marley, however, died. He was, "As dead as a doornail." His name was left above the door of the warehouse, "Scrooge and Marley". He was an emotionless character. Neither heat nor cold bothered him. All that mattered was his money. He had but one clerk, a lowly character who sat in a room by the side of Scrooge's, and in it he had a fire. Even in the coldest of winters he only had a tiny file, with only one coal. Scrooge could hardly even feel the change in weather, although his clerk could. Scrooge later engages in conversation with his merry nephew, who greets him with a cheerful, "A merry Christmas, uncle! ...read more.


He experiences the spirit of his old friend Marley telling him that three spirits will arrive at midnight on Christmas Day, and that he must change his ways, or he would end up like Marley, dragging chains round with him for eternity. The next night, as midnight struck, the first of the three spirits arrived. It was the ghost of Christmas past. He took him back to his past and looked at the events of a Christmas when he was younger. He was speaking to a woman. She was speaking about how they were happy when they were both poor, but when Scrooge became rich he changed. This is the biggest reflection yet on the importance of classes in Dickens time, that until he became part of the upper classes Scrooge was a nice man. On the hour of one the second spirit arrived. He was the ghost of Christmas present. ...read more.


When he arrives back he is exuberant. He is determined to make a change and make himself a better person. So he goes round to his nephew's house and made his peace with him, he also went to his clerk's house to visit Tiny Tim, and he became, over the next few years, a second father to him. So how, all through this story, does Dickens show how important the classes were? Well for a start there was the early comparison between Scrooge and his clerk. This showed how, although the clerk lacked all the material possessions that Scrooge had and all the money which he possessed, he had the happiness and the family which Scrooge lacked. Then we saw the contrast between the younger, poorer Scrooge who cared about his girlfriend, and the older richer Scrooge, who felt he didn't need family. However, Dickens ends this tale on a happier note, by showing that in everyone, lives room for change, and Scrooge is proof of that. by Richard Williams 11 Mayne ...read more.

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