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How relevant do you find the theme of Human Generosity in Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Why do you think the writer explores it?

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Katherine Allen How relevant do you find the theme of Human Generosity in Dickens' A Christmas Carol? Why do you think the writer explores it? The theme of Human Generosity that runs through the story of A Christmas Carol covers the aspects of how human beings react to one another, both rich and poor, and how even the smallest amount of generosity can make a huge impact on another life. It demonstrates clearly how being generous causes not only the receiver, but also the giver, to feel better about themselves. Throughout the story the theme is revealed in a number of ways. Scrooge himself reveals it initially, simply in the way he lives and acts. The arrival of the ghost of Jacob Marley and the three spirits then increases the idea further, as does the story of Tiny Tim Cratchit and the generosity that will save his life. A Christmas Carol is set in Victorian London, where the atmosphere is heavily connected to the theme. There are major comparisons between rich and poor, making the generosity (or lack of it) between them clearly recognisable. Despite being set back in this time (which, in Dickens' time, would have been modern day) the theme is still relevant to people now, although in a variation of circumstances. ...read more.


We can see his former self shining through and a change in him becomes apparent when he ponders, "I should like to be able to say a word to my clerk just now." The Ghost of Christmas Past goes on to show Scrooge an incident that is obviously very painful for Scrooge to watch, for by the end he is crying, "Spirit! Show me no more! Conduct me home. Why do you delight to torture me?" The vision is of a time when Scrooge is beginning to shut other people out of his life, and start a new life in the lonely world of earning money obsessively with no one to share it with. He is shown his "release" from his fianc� for the reason that she has seen his, "nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until one master passion, Gain, engrosses you." On the arrival of the second Spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, Scrooge is prepared. Dickens presents the spirit as a large, jolly fellow who shares most people's merry feelings about Christmas. When Scrooge encounters him initially, piles of food surround the Spirit, "Heaped up on the floor, to form a kind of throne, were turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, great joints of meat, sucking pigs, long wreaths of sausage, mince pies..." ...read more.


And so he does. The story ends with Dickens describing Scrooges joy that he has not missed Christmas, "A happy merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world! Hallo here! Whoop! Hallo!" He pays a poor carol singer to order the largest turkey in the shop to be delivered to the Cratchits. He offers Bob a pay rise. He goes to his nephew's home and joins in the celebrations that he has missed out on for so many years. And what is more, he continues to live like this, resulting in him indirectly saving Tiny Tim's life. There are many themes running through the story of A Christmas Carol, but in the end they all come back to the same simple idea of Human Generosity. Scrooge's story demonstrates that having money is not at all important if there is no one with which to share it. In his final gestures, he brings great happiness not only into the lives of others, but also his own. And then we come to the Cratchits who, despite having very little of material value to share, are some of the most generous people that can be found. For it is love that they share among them and, without that, there is nothing to life. ...read more.

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